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Pāli Workshops
with Adriana Patiño

The aim of this short workshop is to encourage and provide access to the words of the Buddha, which requires a deeper understanding of the teachings of the Buddha: the Dhamma. Goenkaji has stressed the benefit that these workshops provide: they help the meditators to be inspired and develop greater understanding of the theoretical aspects of Dhamma. However, these workshops cannot be organized in Vipassana Centers because the centers are dedicated exclusively to the practice of Vipassana; therefore, the old students of the region have offered a suitable site for this purpose.

The workshop will be taught by Adriana Patiño, Senior Assistant Teacher, who has studied in Thailand, Vipassana Research Institute (VRI) of India and has studied other workshops under the guidance of her mentor S.N. Tandon, who encouraged her to deepen her studies of pāli. This is how Adriana adopted the method of Tandonji, who emphasizes the content of the texts in the place of focus on grammar. During the workshops, participants receive an introduction to grammar and correct pronunciation of the language, then concentrate on most of their time reading, reciting and understanding the context of the suttas and material of the 10-day courses, stories such as formalities and morning chantings. During an introductory crash course of 1 day, the participants will engage in a short introduction of some of the material which would be covered in longer workshops. Adriana has conducted bilingual workshops in Mexico, Chile, Costa Rica, Spain, Malaysia, and USA.

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.

Timetable (12th February)
9.00 - 10.00 am Group sitting
10.00 - 12.30 pm Pali session
12.30- 2.00 pm Lunch & rest
2.00 - 3.00 pm Group sitting
3.10 - 5.00 pm Pali session
5.00- 6.00 Dinner and rest
6.00- 7.00 pm Group sitting
7.10- 9.00 pm Closing session of the workshop
9.00 - 9.30 pm Q & A and Metta



Location: Ecolodge Quaryati, Marrakech


  • Introductory workshop: The workshop is open exclusively to old Vipassana students as taught by S.N. Goenka who have completed at least 3 10-day courses as a student, or failing that they have completed 2 course as a student and have served at least 1 course, who have not practiced other techniques since their last course, and who are trying to maintain their Daily practice and sīla from the time of registration.

Code of Conduct

for students and servers

May your Pāli Workshop prove most beneficial to you. With best wishes for success, we offer you the following information. Please read it carefully before coming to the workshop.

The Five Precepts

The Five Precepts are the foundation of the Code of Discipline:
  1. To abstain from killing any being;
  2. To abstain from stealing;
  3. To abstain from sexual misconduct (meaning, at the Pāli Workshop, to abstain from all sexual activity whatsoever);
  4. To abstain from wrong speech;
  5. To abstain from all intoxicants.

These Five Precepts are mandatory for everyone at a Pāli Workshop and must be observed scrupulously at all times. It is expected that those attending or serving a workshop are also trying to seriously maintain the Five Precepts in their daily lives.

Separation of Men and Women

While absolute separation of the sexes is not practical for the students and servers of a Pāli Workshop due to the close living and working conditions, this situation should not be misunderstood as an opportunity for men and women to socialize unnecessarily. This rule is all the more important for couples.

Physical Contact

In order to maintain the pure meditative atmosphere and the introspective nature of the practice, all Pāli students and servers must avoid all physical contact with other students and servers.

Noble Speech

When speaking, servers must practice Right Speech, refraining from:

  1. Speaking lies or anything less than the truth.
  2. Harsh language or rude words. Someone practicing Dhamma should always be polite and soft-spoken.
  3. Slander or backbiting. There should be no criticism of others arising from one’s own negative feelings. A problem should be brought to the attention of the person concerned or to the Pāli workshop teacher or course managers.
  4. Idle gossip, whistling or humming.

Noble Speech is, without a doubt, much more difficult than silence. It is therefore a very important training for anyone following the path of Dhamma.

Personal Appearance

Nothing should be worn which is tight, transparent, gaudy or revealing, or that might attract undue attention (such as shorts, short skirts, tights and leggings, sleeveless or skimpy tops). This attitude of modesty prevails at all times.

Smoking & Intoxicants

It is assumed that one who has accepted Dhamma is no longer involved in the use of intoxicants such as alcohol, hashish, marijuana, and so forth. The use of tobacco in any form is also totally forbidden, indoors or outdoors, either within or outside of the workshop site.


The workshop provides simple, wholesome, vegetarian meals, without subscribing to any particular food philosophy.

Because meals prepared and served at these workshops are completely vegetarian, food containing alcohol or liqueur, eggs or food containing eggs (some baked goods, mayonnaise, etc.), or cheese with animal rennet, may not be brought to the workshop site. In general, any food from outside should be kept to an absolute minimum.

Pāli students and servers observe Five Precepts and may therefore have a meal in the evening if they wish. Fasting is not permitted.


Study books and course materials will be provided to at the workshop.

Outside Contacts

Pāli students are not required to divorce themselves entirely from the outside world. While attending or serving on a Pāli Workshop, however, they should leave the site only on urgent business and with the permission of the Pāli workshop teacher.

Keeping the Pāli Workshop Site Clean

It is the duty of the Pāli students and servers to help keep the workshop site neat and clean. Besides the kitchen and dining hall, the residences, meditation hall, bathrooms, offices and other areas may need attention. Servers and students should also be prepared, if necessary, to do occasional chores unrelated to food preparation and cleaning.


There are no charges at Pāli workshops, either for the teaching, or for board, lodging, or other facilities provided to students.

The teaching of pure Dhamma is always given freely. Food, accommodation and other facilities are offered as gifts made possible by the donations of students of the past. Pāli students and servers can develop their own dāna pāramī by giving donations according to their means, for the benefit of others. These Pāli Workshops are able to operate only by the donations of grateful students.

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