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Introduction to Pāli Course Part 1

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Introduction to Pāli Course - Part 1

- by Venerable Sugatavaṁsa

From 1 April to 10 May 2014

 

 

Course Notes Download (PDF files):

01/04/2014 Lesson 01: Introduction and The Pāḷi Alphabets
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  Table - Manner of Articulation (payatana)
  Video
04/04/2014 Lesson 02: Parts of Speech and Declension of Masculine Nouns
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  Video  
05/04/2014 Lesson 03: Declension of Masculine Nouns - Nominative and Accusative Case
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  Vocabulary List 01 Vocabulary List 02
  Video Home Work
08/04/2014 Lesson 04: Declension of Masculine Nouns - Accusative Case
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  Vocabulary List 03 Home Work
  Video Answer for Home Work  
11/04/2014 Lesson 05: Declension of Masculine Nouns - Ablative of Agent & Instrument Cases 01
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  Home Work Answer for Home Work
  Video
12/04/2014 Lesson 06: Declension of Masculine Nouns - Ablative of Agent & Instrument Cases 02
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  Vocabulary List 04 Home Work
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15/04/2014 Lesson 07: Declension of Masculine Nouns - Dative Case
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  Home Work Answer for Home Work
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18/04/2014 Lesson 08: Declension of Masculine Nouns - Ablative of Separate Case 01
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  Vocabulary List 05 Home Work
  Video Answer for Home Work
19/04/2014 Lesson 09: Declension of Masculine Nouns - Ablative of Separate Case 02
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  Video  
22/04/2014 Lesson 10: Declension of Masculine Nouns - Genitive Case 01
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  Vocabulary List 06 Home Work
  Video Answer for Home Work
25/04/2014 Lesson 11: Declension of Masculine Nouns - Genitive Case 02
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26/04/2014 Lesson 12: Declension of Masculine Nouns - Genitive Case 03
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  Home Work Answer for Home Work
  Video  
29/04/2014 Lesson 13: Declension of Masculine Nouns - Locative Case
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  Vocabulary List 07  
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02/05/2014 Lesson 14 Declension of Masculine Nouns - Vocative Case
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  Home Work Answer for Home Work
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03/05/2014 Lesson 15 Conjugation of Verbs - Present Tense, Active Voice 01
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09/05/2014 Lesson 16 Conjugation of Verbs - Present Tense, Active Voice 02
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  Home Work Answer for Home Work
  Vocabulary List 08  
  Video  
10/05/2014 Lesson 17 Conjugation of Verbs - Past Tense & Futur Tense, Active Voice
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  Vocabulary List 09  
  Video  
The New Pali Course Part I - Answer for Exercise 1 to 4

 


Course Introduction:

Introduction to Pali Course - Why everyone should study Pali

This stanza describes the importance of the Pāli language.

Sā māgadhī mūlabhāsā, narā yāyādikappikā;

brahmāno ca’ssutālāpā, sambuddhā cāpi bhāsare

Pāli is the Magadha language; it is the very first language in the world. The beings in the beginning of a world cycle would speak this language. It is the language for communication in the Brahma realm. For a new born who has not heard or learned any languages before, the first words spoken are in Pāli. Most importantly, Pāli is the language spoken by all the Sammāsambuddhas.

Hence, Pāli is the main language for everyone to learn. Without understanding Pāli language, it is very difficult to catch the real meaning of the Buddha's teachings. Every buddhist must therefore study the Pāli language. If you know the Pāli language, then you can understand clearly Lord Buddha's teachings, the real meaning of every word spoken by the Buddha.

If someone wishes to study the Pāli language, he must start with the Pāli grammar. Without understanding Pāli grammar, it is very difficult to grasp the real meaning.

The following Pāli stanza illustrates this:-

Yo niruttim na jānāti, jānāti piṭakattayaṁ;

pade pade vikaṅkheyya, vane andha gajo viya.

For one who does not understand the grammar of the Pāli language, even though he may know the whole Tipiṭaka, many doubts will arise in his mind. Word by word, he will doubt their real meaning, whether the word is a noun or a verb, etc. Just like a blind elephant roaming dangerously in the forest, many accidents lie waiting along the path. Similarly, if we study the Tipiṭaka without understanding Pāli grammar, we will face many doubts and difficulties in grasping the true teachings of the Buddha.

Therefore, everyone who wishes sincerely and truly to comprehend the Buddha's teachings should study the Pāli language.

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About the Teacher:

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Venerable Digana Sugatavaṁsa Thero ("Bhante") was born on November 16, 1981 in Sri Lanka. At the age of 16, he entered the order of Buddhist monks as a novice at the prestigious Galduwa Sri Kalyani Yogasramaya Monastery, in Ambalangoda, Sri Lanka under the preceptorship of Most. Venerable Kadawadduwe Sri Jinawansa Maha Thero and Most.Venerable Na-Uyane Ariyadhamma Maha Thero.

He received his higher ordination at the age of 20 and he re-took higher ordination on January 20, 2006 under the guidance of Ven. Devagoda Mangala Maha Thero and Ven. Na-Uyane Ariyadhamma Maha Thero.

Bhante has studied under many famous scholar monks in Sri Lanka and has gained proficiency in Vinaya (Monastic Discipline), Pali Language and Abhidhamma. He has received the titles “Vinaya Visarada” (Expert in Vinaya) “ Abhidhamma Visarada” (Expert in Abhidhamma) and “Tripitakacariya” (Proficiency in all three baskets of the Pali Canon), from both Sri Kalyani Yogasrama Samstha and the Monk University of Sri Viddyodaya Parivena, Sri Lanka.

Bhante has held many discussions on meditation and Dhamma (especially Abhidhamma) and conducted many retreats. He  has been featured in both Buddhist Television and National Radio periodically and is well respected among the lay and monastic community in Sri Lanka. Bhante is fluent in Pali, Sinhala and English.  He has authored several Dhamma Books in Sinhala and Pali.

He lives a life dedicated to Buddha Sasana and he works tirelessly towards the advancement and propagation of Dhamma.

- Short Biography by Ven. Gunodaya

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