For those of us with a secular approach to the dharma, the study of the early writings, the suttas, is growing in importance as an aspect of our practice. But haven’t you wished you could access these early texts in plain English, without having been filtered through the eyes and minds of 19th and 20th century translators who clearly have a metaphysical approach to the teachings?
You may have tried to study Pali on your own at home, using one of the grammars available on the internet. It’s not easy, right? Well, here’s an online course that will give you a better shot at it: the University of South Wales is about to offer a module in Pali language as part of their MA in Buddhist Studies, but open to all.
Starting in September 2015, this 15 week course:
- is completely online
- will enable you to read early Buddhist texts in an original language, appreciating and understanding the dharma at a new level
- enables you to progress from beginner level to independent translation of Pali texts
- offers flexible sessions in a supportive online learning environment
- is longer than Richard Gombrich’s intensive course
- is reasonably affordable, and
- offers you the opportunity to join a lively, interactive, online student community.
With just a basic grasp of the Pali language, you will be able to refer to the original texts whenever you have difficulties with something you’re reading, or your group is studying.
The estimated fee for the course is GBP £550. For more information write to Dr Nick Swann firstname.lastname@example.org or go to: