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2014 Pāli Workshop - California, USA

A 10-day Pāli workshop will be held from April 7-17, 2014 in Temecula, California, between Los Angeles and San Diego. 

The aim of this workshop 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 has been arranged. The teaching will be given in English by Sean Salkin. 

Location: The workshop will be held at a private ranch in Temecula, CA. Participant accommodations at this site will be a combination of comfortable indoor accommodations and tenting.

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: This workshop is 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 about the possibility of enrolling). Old students who do not meet the enrollment criteria may also sign up to serve the course.

Apply online: *Course Finished.

Teacher: This course 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 three 10-day Pāli workshops for meditators in Australia and the United States, and a 6-week non-residential Pāli course in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts.

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

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

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

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