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Pāli Workshops

The aim of these workshops is to provide greater access to the words of the Buddha, which will enable a deeper understanding of the Buddha's teaching, the Dhamma. Goenkaji has emphasized that Pāli workshops such as these are very beneficial: they help meditators develop inspiration and understanding of the theoretical aspect of Dhamma. However, these workshops cannot take place at a Vipassana center, as centers are dedicated to the practice of Vipassana only. Therefore, a suitable off-center location is arranged for each course. 

Pali Class at Temecula

Dates 

  • Introductory workshop: July 2-12
  • Intermediate workshop: July 12-16

Teacher: These workshops will be conducted by Sean Salkin, B.A., Dip. Pāli (University of Bombay), M. Phil. (University of Sydney). Sean studied Pāli for one year at the Vipassana Research Institute, Igatpuri, India, and then continued his Pāli studies at the University of Sydney, where he also taught Sanskrit, a language closely related to Pāli. He has conducted two 10-day Pāli workshops for meditators in Australia, a 6-week non-residential Pāli course in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, and two Pāli workshops for Pariyatti.

Location: Temecula, California, USA

Accommodations: The workshops will be held at a private luxury ranch. Due to space limitations, sleeping arrangements at the site consist of dormitory style accommodations with mattresses on the floor and shared bathrooms. If you require private accommodations, tenting is the only option.

Cost: There are no charges for the instruction, textbooks, food, or accommodations. These expenses are met by past donations from others. However, there is a $25 administrative fee required upon registration, which is refundable only if not accepted into the course. (Students on waiting list who do not get accepted will also have $25 fee refunded.) Anyone may contribute to our Pāli workshop fund to help fund future Pāli Workshops. All donations to Pariyatti are tax-deductible in accordance with U.S. tax law. 

Acceptance Criteria

  • Introductory workshop: Open to all old students of Vipassana as taught by S.N. Goenka who have completed at least three 10-day courses, served at least one 10-day course, and are trying to maintain their daily practice (if you are close to meeting the criteria and feel the workshop would benefit you, please contact us at pali-workshop@pariyatti.org about the possibility of enrolling). 
  • Intermediate workshop: Open to students who have completed a nine or ten day Pāli course with either Sean Salkin or Klaus Nothnagel. If you attend the Introductory workshop you will qualify for this Intermediate workshop. Students who have studied Pāli in other contexts can apply and will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Students should be reasonably familiar with the material in the first 16 chapters of A.K. Warder's Introduction to Pāli.  Students who have not completed a Pāli course with Sean Salkin, but have completed one with Klaus Nothnagel, should make a special effort to become familiar with this material. 
  • Old students who do not meet the enrollment criteria may also sign up to serve the course.

Apply online: Click here to apply

Workshop Format: Vipassana meditation is an integral part of this Pāli workshop, which includes three daily group sittings and morning chanting. Participants will observe noble speech outside of meditation hours. There will be complete segregation of men and women during the workshop. The daily schedule of activities will be similar to that of a 10-day Vipassana course, however, there will be both study and meditation periods throughout the day. 

Workshop Schedule

Day 0 Evening
6:00 – 7:00   Group Meditation
7:15             Opening Session

Regular Days

Morning
5:30 – 6:30    Group Meditation
6:30 – 7:00    Breakfast
8:00 – 9:00    Group Meditation
9:15 – 12:00  Workshop Session I
12:00            Lunch

Afternoon
2:30 – 3:30     Group Meditation
3:45 – 5:00     Workshop Session II
5:00 – 6:00     Tea/Snack/Dinner

Evening
6:00 – 7:00     Group Meditation
7:15 – 9:15     Workshop Session III

Closing Day Morning
5:30 – 6:30      Meditation
6:30 – 7:00      Breakfast


Video from our 2013 workshop in Oregon, USA with Klaus Nothnagel