New Course in
Word of the
The New Pali
By Prof. A.P.
Toronto Mahavihara is pleased to offer an elementary course in Pāli Grammer and Vocabulary to those who are
seriously interested in learning the basics of Pāli Language. Pāli is the language of the scriptures
of Theravada Buddhism, which were written in Sri Lanka during the 1st century BC. Therefore the familiarity
with Pāli language is an essential part of studying Buddha's discourses in their original form.
The course is conducted by Venerable Ahangama Rathanasiri Nayaka Thero, on every
Monday from 7.00pm. The first class was held on 15th Aug. 2012. A text book titled "The New Pāli Course
Parts 1 and 2" authored by Ven. Polwatte Buddhadattha Mahathera was used to guide the participants through the
program. You can download the .pdf version of this book at this
link or clicking on the image on the right above.
Having completed the entire Book 1 and first two chapters of Book 2 of The New Pāli Course mentioned above,
the study program has now moved to the use of "A New Course in Reading Pali: Entering the Word of the Buddha" by
James W. Gair and W.S. Karunatillake, with effect from 2nd of November 2015. (See image on the left above).