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  • Jacques Huynen
    ... From: Jacques Huynen Subject: Fwd: Two-weeks intensive introduction to Pali @Berkeley University To: jhuynen@yahoo.com Date: Saturday,
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      From: Jacques Huynen <jhuynen@...>
      Subject: Fwd: Two-weeks intensive introduction to Pali @Berkeley University
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      Date: Saturday, June 16, 2012, 3:26 PM

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      Date: Sat, Jun 16, 2012 at 2:05 AM

      Subject: Two-weeks intensive introduction to Pali @Berkeley University
      To: "lin@... Lin" <lin.ikomo@...>

      Dear All;

      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

      inquiries@.... 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

      Jacques Huynen

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