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.