PALI 102 | Elementary Pali II

September 19 - December 9, 2022

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Course Description

This is the second of three terms in Elementary Pali. At this point, students are familiar with the declension system and the basic structure of the Pali sentence. We have also made some incursions into the Suttas, but there are a few areas that still need to be studied before we can read Suttas with confidence. In Pali 102, we are going to delve into the rich and fascinating world of Nominal Compounds (samāsa). We will also study complex sentences, mostly focusing on the Relative Pronoun. In doing so, we will keep reviewing and consolidating the fundamentals that we learned in Pali 101.

Learning Pali is a perfect way to introduce oneself to or deepen your study of Buddhism. Pali is the language of the only complete collection of Buddhist teachings preserved in an ancient Indian language. By learning Pali, we plunge into the ocean of the teachings of the Buddha in their original (or almost original) language. We enter the colorful literary landscape of ancient India. Whether one is a Buddhist practitioner or not, any serious student of Buddhism will inevitably encounter references to the Early Teachings, mostly preserved in Pali.

Even at a foundation level, learning Pali opens a gateway to a deeper understanding of this ancient body of wisdom. It will also be a rewarding experience for anyone interested in Asian art and culture in general, and more specifically in Indian art, culture, and history. The course will provide students with all necessary materials, although we may also recommend additional materials for students to purchase if they desire.

Three 12-Week Terms

  • PALI 101 | Elementary Pali I (May 23 - Aug 12, 2022)
  • PALI 102 | Elementary Pali II (Sep 19 - Dec 9, 2022)
  • PALI 103 | Elementary Pali III (Jan 9 - March 31, 2023)

Course Structure

  • Two 90-minute live lessons will be held per week on Zoom.

  • Live sessions will address all student questions, go over exercises and readings together, as well as personalize the learning experience with your Pali teacher.

  • Weekly written homework, quizzes to test yourself, as well as a mid-term and a final.

  • The grading will be such that anyone who puts a regular solid effort into the weekly homework will pass; those aiming for a B or an A will also need to perform accordingly on the two exams.

  • Live Q&A Sessions (90 min)
    • Mondays 10-11:30am and Wednesdays 12-1:30pm Pacific Time
    • All live sessions will take place via Zoom and will be recorded for later viewing. 

Students Will Receive: 

  • 12 Pre-recorded lectures released weekly
  • 24 Zoom live class sessions + recordings (90 min)
  • 5 BSACP Credits
  • Up to 36 Hours of CE credit with YA
  • Yogic Studies Certificate upon completion (PDF)
  • Access to the private Community Forum

Dr. Aleix Ruiz-Falqués

Head of the Department of Pali and Languages at the Shan State Buddhist University, Khyentse Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Buddhist Studies, and Lecturer of Pali at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Aleix Ruiz-Falqués teaches graduate courses in Pali language and literature in Taunggyi, Myanmar. Aleix completed his PhD at the University of Cambridge in 2016, under the supervision of Prof. Eivind Kahrs. His research focuses on traditional grammar and scholasticism in Pali, particularly in Myanmar. More broadly, he is interested in ancient Indian literature (kāvya) and philosophy or knowledge systems (śāstra).

After completing his PhD in 2015, Aleix worked for two years on Pali manuscripts in Thailand, and he spent one year doing independent research in India. In 2018, he moved to the Shan State in Myanmar, where his long-term project is to teach and learn the Pali and Burmese languages and literature in a traditional monastic setting. One of his long-term goals is to reveal and demystify the treasures of the Pali medieval tradition that explain how we still possess the ancient words of the Buddha today.

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This course is eligible for 36 hours of Continued Education (CE) credits with Yoga Alliance

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