Pali at the University of Toronto

The University of Toronto (U of T) is the only academic institution in Canada that offers regular Pali courses and one of the very few universities in North America where this language is taught at all.

Additionally, U of T is the only Western academic institution where Pāli is taught, embedded in a specific regional tradition, the Burmese one, and where students, starting from the undergraduate level, are exposed to Pāli manuscript culture.

Join the Pali beginners course, which offers both a no-prerequisites introduction to the classical language of Theravāda Buddhism and a hands-on approach to reading Buddhist texts in Burmese script first-hand from the leaves they were written on. Whether you are interested in just learning the basics of Pali and reading Buddhist scriptures in the original, getting a glimpse at Southeast Asian manuscripts, or laying the ground for further readings in Theravāda literature, the course is a language-oriented introduction to the study of Buddhist texts in South and Southeast Asia.

Course types: At U of T, Pali can be taken as a a regular undergraduate course (“Reading Pali Buddhist Texts”, RLG265) or as a directed reading course on either the undergraduate or graduate level

Timings: year-long, twice a week, September-November, January-April

Textbook: James W. Gair & W.S. Karunatillake, A New Course in Reading Pali: Entering the Word of the Buddha. Motilal Banarsidass, ISBN 9788120814417.

Start: every fall, starting September

For further information please contact Christoph Emmrich,