Advanced Pali Course

There will be a shortened version of the Advanced Pali Reading Course this year. The course will consist of translating into English passages from the Dhammapada commentary (including the verses commented upon); the passages will be circulated in advance and students will be expected to try translating them during the weeks between the classes.

Dates:  July 31-Aug 1, Aug 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 28-29. 

Time:  4 – 6.30pm BST, both Saturday and Sunday, with a short break (plus homework).  Professor Gombrich will teach on the Saturdays.  Dr. Wynne on the Sundays.

Cost: £116 (50% discount for sangha members)

Payment can be by cheque, bank transfer (plus transfer costs), or by Paypal (plus additional charge to cover the transaction fee).

Access to the Pali-English Dictionary is essential. Access to Warder’s Introduction to Pali, and Geiger’s grammar, is desirable .

For an application form please contact


  • Ability to use email, Google Drive, Zoom and a web browser
  • Knowledge and ability to copy files, install applications, register via online forms
  • Computer and web camera
  • Both desktop and laptop are acceptable, however tablets will not work (we have tested them)
  • Microphone and earphones with decent sound quality
  • High speed internet

Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Do I have to be a Buddhist to attend?
A: No.

Q: I don’t know how to use Zoom. What should I do?
A: There are many tutorials online and it’s easy to learn.

Q: I am not too tech-savvy. Will you provide technical support?
A: We provide general technical assistance before the course starts. However, we cannot provide detailed technical support one-on-one, unfortunately. It is your responsibility before the course starts to get familiar with Google Drive, Google Docs and Zoom. Fortunately there is excellent documentation available for all of them for all possible platforms, and Google and YouTube contain many tutorials on how to use them, so you should be able to catch up pretty quickly.