Intensive Pali Course with Dr. Richard Gombrich

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Intensive Pali Course with Dr. Richard Gombrich

Post by tiltbillings » Thu Jun 14, 2012 9:24 pm

  • Dear colleagues,

    Mangalam Research Center for Buddhist Languages in Berkeley is pleased to
    host the famous two-week intensive introduction to Pali taught by Professor
    Richard Gombrich (University of Oxford). This will be the eleventh time Dr.
    Gombrich has offered this highly successful course at various locations
    around the world. The dates are January 7-18, 2013.

    The course aims to enable students to read on their own the words of the
    Buddha as recorded in the Tipitaka. Rather than memorization and
    examinations, the focus is on developing the ability to make sense of Pali
    texts. A basic component involves showing students how to use available
    dictionaries, grammars, and translations. Students are also provided with
    clear and simple tables that lay out the most common sets of inflections of
    nouns, pronouns, and verbs. The course does include memorizing a few Pali
    chants (which many Theravada Buddhists will already know); the emphasis
    will, however, be on understanding each word in the chants. The
    pronunciation of Pali will follow the Indian tradition, much as it is used
    in Sri Lanka.

    The course will be given in English over 11 days (no class on Sunday,
    January 13). Participants should have a good understanding of spoken and
    written English, as well as knowledge of common grammatical terms, such as
    pronoun, relative clause, and transitive verb. There will be about six hours
    of classroom work each day, in addition to which students will be expected
    to work together as a group without a teacher for 2-3 hours per day. By the
    end of the course, all students will be able to tackle Pali texts in the
    original by themselves. The course is limited to 14 participants.

    To apply, please submit an informal application by September 15, 2012 to Include a short statement of purpose and a
    description of language skills and how acquired; a letter of recommendation
    for students affiliated with an institution of higher learning will be
    helpful. Applicants will be notified whether they have been accepted by
    September 30, 2012.

    Tuition for the 11-day Intensive is $550. A vegetarian lunch will be served
    to all participants every day the class meets. Lodging at a convenient
    nearby location is available for approximately $40/night.

    Selected bibliography:
    Cone, Margaret, A Dictionary of Pāli. Part I: a ­ kh. Oxford: Pāli Text
    Society, 2001.
    Cone, Margaret, A Dictionary of Pāli. Part II: g ­ n. Bristol:: Pāli Text
    Society, 2010.
    Geiger, Wilhelm (tr. Batakrishna Ghosh; rev. K.R. Norman), A Pāli Grammar.
    Oxford: Pāli Text Society, 1994.
    Rhys Davids, T. W., & William Stede, A Pāli-English Dictionary. London: Pāli
    Text Society, 1959.
    Warder, A. K., Introduction to Pāli. 3rd ed. Oxford: Pāli Text Society,

    Jack Petranker
    Director, Mangalam Research Center
    Project Coordinator, Buddhist Translators Workbench
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Re: Intensive Pali Course with Dr. Richard Gombrich

Post by Ben » Thu Jun 14, 2012 11:15 pm

Thanks Tilt!
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in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
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Re: Intensive Pali Course with Dr. Richard Gombrich

Post by DNS » Thu Jun 14, 2012 11:51 pm

That sounds great! And Berkeley is only about a one hour flight from where I live. :thinking:

I'm going to have to seriously consider this one and before it fills up.

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Re: Intensive Pali Course with Dr. Richard Gombrich

Post by Reductor » Fri Jun 15, 2012 3:00 am

Do it , David! It is a fantastic opportunity.

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Re: Intensive Pali Course with Dr. Richard Gombrich

Post by seekingheartwood » Tue Jun 19, 2012 1:35 am

Just sent out email to sign up for this course. Has anyone else done so yet?

Has anyone already attended one of these courses? I'd love to hear a little bit about the experience." onclick=";return false;

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