Pāli Workshops
with Klaus Nothnagel

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. 

Klaus was a participant in one of the first year-long Pāli study programs at the Vipassana Research Institute (VRI) in Igatpuri, India. He holds a degree in Pāli from the Bombay University and VRI. Klaus emphasizes that it was S.N. Tandon (the first Pāli teacher appointed by S.N. Goenka) who encouraged him to find an approach to teaching Pāli that emphasizes the content of the text rather than focusing on grammar. In his workshops, participants receive an introduction to Pāli grammar, and then spend the majority of their time reading and translating suttas and some of the ten-day morning chantings from the Vipassana courses. The suttas are specifically selected with the aim to inspire meditators to walk the Path as taught by the Buddha, as they provide deeper insight into some of the essential aspects relevant to meditators. In this process participants also learn the proper pronunciation of the language. Through this workshop he hopes to share sufficient basic knowledge and material to encourage students to continue on their own afterwards.

Klaus has conducted Pāli workshops in Europe, India, Israel, and the US, and is the author of Introduction to Pali Grammar and the Exploring the Path online Pāli course. View a video from his workshop at a site in Oregon, USA in 2013.

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. 

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

Location: Temecula, California

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 bunk beds and mattresses on the floor. Toilets and showers are located in shared bathrooms. If you require private accommodations, tenting is the only option and these are available on site so you don't need to bring your own.

Cost: There are no charges for the instruction, textbooks, food, or accommodations. These expenses are met by past donations. However, there is a $25.03 administrative fee required upon registration, which is refundable if:

  • you are not accepted into the workshop
  • you are on the waiting list and do not get accepted
  • you complete the workshop and request a refund at the end.

Anyone may contribute to our General Pāli workshop fund to help finance future Pāli Workshops. All donations to Pariyatti are tax-deductible in accordance with U.S. tax law. 

  • 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). 
  • Old students who do not meet the enrollment criteria may also sign up to serve the course.

Upcoming Pāli Workshops

Introductory Workshop (USA): June 3 - 18, 2017


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