Pāli Workshops
with Dr. Panth

Dr. Panth is M.A. History, M.A. Buddhist Studies (Gold Medalist) University of Delhi, M.Phil. and Ph.D. He was the Director & Vice Chancellor of Nalanda University from 2000 to 2016. Prior to that he served as the Director of the Vipassana Research Institute for 14 years under the guidance of Goenkaji.

Dr. Panth is a widely travelled scholar and has more than 75 research papers to his credit presented and published in various Indian and international conferences, seminars and workshops. He has delivered more than 70 special lectures in India and abroad and edited and published more than 20 books.

He is now working as a Professor of Buddhist Studies at the Gautam Buddha University at Greater Noida, (NCR Delhi), India.

To get an idea of Dr. Panth's ebullient presentation style, below is a link to a video of him giving a presentation with Charles Allen, author of Ashoka, called "Rediscovering the Buddha".

View video

Additionally, below are recordings from a Pāli workshop that Dr. Panth gave in India in 1994.

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
7:00 – 10:00    Site tear down & Cleanup

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 & Abhidhamma workshops: 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 Pāli Workshop (USA): April 7-13, 2017

Abhidhamma Workshop (USA): April 13-19, 2017

Apply Online Now

April 7-13: Introductory Pāli workshop

  • Basics of Pāli grammar
  • Pāli Pronunciation
  • Deep dive into key discourses of the Buddha (Mangala Sutta, Anatta Lakkhana sutta, etc.) 
  • Discussions on the value of understanding Pāli to support and deepen one's practice

April 13-19: Abhidhamma workshop

  • Introduction to basic Abhidhamma terms and concepts
  • Overview of Abhidhamma
  • Deep dive into Tikapatthana 

For the complete list of events presented by Dr. Panth as part of our Pariyatti Presents... series, see here.

Dr.Panth Pali Course