Resources for learning Pali : a key language for early Buddhism and the Theravadin Tradition

Resources for learning Pali : a key language for early Buddhism and the Theravadin Tradition September 26, 2018

I am sometimes asked for resources or tools for studying Pali, the language of the Theravadin canon, encapsulating more or less the very language of the historical Buddha. My own instruction in Pali has been on my own with a good friend using Gair and Karunatillake (see below).

I then went on to study with Prof. Richard Gombrich in Oxford in 2011; which I thought I wrote about at some point, but I see only a couple other posts on the topic, one about the early launch of his online Pali classes, and one on his lecture on Religious Experience in Early Buddhism (both of which I strongly recommend).

In any case, Gombrich and fellow scholar of early Buddhism, Dr Alexander Wynne, have launched a multi-level asynchronous Pali course you can download and follow any time. I haven’t taken that course, but knowing these scholars, it is bound to be excellent (click over here at the Indian Philosophy Blog and you’ll find a link for a discount on the class).

Beyond that, the following have been wonderfully and kindly offered by reddit user xugan97

Just a fraction of this could easily get you going on your first couple years of studies. Dive in and enjoy (best if done with a good friend).


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