Dear Friends of the OCBS
This year we decided to trial an online version of our Pali Summer School, with three courses delivered according to different time zones. So far this academic year, we have run it twice, with rave reviews. The third one will start on the 21st March, and if you are interested in attending you can find full details at http://ocbs.org/courses/pali-
We would also like to announce a special deal for alumni of the course. Places in March are available at half price – £250, for anyone who has already taken the course, and would like to refresh their skills.
For any questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
With best wishes
Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies
Just stumbled across another wonderful resource whilst looking for a copy of an old font I had once used called MozPali, which I found within the files and links section:
The Buddha Dust web presence is a presentation of the Pali (The Buddha’s Teaching) in a way that reflects the position that holds that this system is a powerful “spell”* designed to provide both the theoretical substructure and the practical means for accomplishing it’s stated goal of bringing a total and complete end to the experience of Pain: DUKKHA of any sort
What you will find here is a set of tools one can use in one’s effort to put this wonderful teaching into practice. These tools explore the inter-relationships between the Pali Language, The Pali as a system, and understanding and putting the system into practice in today’s world.
Included in the structure is a comprehensive course on the system (The Pali Line) which starts from the assumption that the reader is a complete beginner and ends with the information needed at the most advanced levels — this is itself in the form of a “sutta” (spell) and one should strive to understand it as such. In addition are included various translations and commentaries, critical examinations, an extensive Bibliography, Appendixes to important information, Links, and a FAQ/Announcement/Book Review section called DhammaTalk. Listed below is a “first level” contents for the site, long sections have their own, more detailed contents pages
Another valuable resource for the Pali student is The Pali Collective Yahoo! group. The group has about 1,200 members and has been in existence since the Winter solstice of 2000, according to the group profile. Here’s an excerpt:
“[The Pali Collective] is a forum for anyone with an interest in Pali language and literature, as well as Pali translation works. The oldest Theravada literature is written in Pali. Understanding Pali is like holding the key to the rich contents of Pali Tipitaka. Although a large portion of it has been translated into several languages, it can be appreciated and understood in greater depth when studied in its original language.”
“Main discussion topics:
- Tipitaka and sutta study
- Pali language and literature
- Theravada Buddhism
- Samatha (Tranquillity) and Vipassana (Insight) meditation
- Sutta study tools and methodology
- Pali translation theory and practice”