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Pāli Workshops

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. 

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

USA workshops

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 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 registration@pariyatti.org about the possibility of enrolling). 
  • Intermediate workshop: Open to students who have completed a nine or ten day Pāli course with either Sean Salkin or Klaus Nothnagel. If you are attending the Introductory workshop for the first time, you will not qualify for this Intermediate workshop. Students who have studied Pāli in other contexts can apply and will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Students should be reasonably familiar with the material in the first 16 chapters of A.K. Warder's Introduction to Pāli.  Students who have not completed a Pāli course with Sean Salkin, but have completed one with Klaus Nothnagel, should make a special effort to become familiar with this material. 
  • Old students who do not meet the enrollment criteria may also sign up to serve the course.

Upcoming Pāli Workshops

Introductory (USA): July 2 - 11, 2016
Intermediate (USA): July 11- 14, 2016


These workshops will be conducted by Sean Salkin, B.A., Dip. Pāli (University of Bombay), M. Phil. (University of Sydney). Sean studied Pāli for one year at the Vipassana Research Institute, Igatpuri, India, and then continued his Pāli studies at the University of Sydney, where he also taught Sanskrit, a language closely related to Pāli. He has conducted two 10-day Pāli workshops for meditators in Australia, a 6-week non-residential Pāli course in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, and four Pāli workshops for Pariyatti.

Please note: An understanding of some basic grammatical terms would be useful for the course, such as verb, noun, adjective, first person, second person, third person.  It would also be useful if students are able to identify the subject of an English sentence and the object of a sentence.

Pali Class at Temecula

Pāli students taking Sean Salkin's class at the Temecula, California location

Introductory (USA): February 5 - 12, 2017


This workshop will be conducted by Adriana Patiño. Adriana studied Pāli in Thailand, at the Vipassana Research Institute in India, and under the guidance of trained teachers. She has conducted Pāli workshops for meditators in Mexico and the USA.

Introductory (USA): June 3 - 18, 2017

(Open for applications in July 2016)

This workshop will be conducted by Klaus Nothnagel. 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 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. In this process they also learn the proper pronunciation of the language. Through this workshop he hopes to share sufficient basic knowledge and material to inspire students to continue on their own afterwards. 

Klaus has conducted Pāli workshops in Europe, India 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 in the USA in 2013.

Klaus Pali Course