Introductory Pali Class

Pali is an ancient Middle Indo-Aryan language, and the liturgical and canonical language of Theravada Buddhism. Closely related to Sanskrit, it is the language of the Buddhist Tipitaka , Atthakata (commentary) and Tika (subcommentary). It is therefore an important language for the study of Buddhism, particularly as it has developed in Sri Lanka and countries such as Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Laos and Cambodia.

In Semester 2, 2014, the UQ Buddhist Society will be hosting a series of introductory Pali classes aimed at students with no prior knowledge of Pali or Sanskrit, with the goal of building basic reading proficiency. We invite you to join us for this rare opportunity to gain skills in engaging Buddhist texts.

Teacher: Dr. Sanka Wasalthilake

  • Cost: $50 for 10 weeks
  • 10 x 1 hr classes commencing Week 3 of Semester (August 14) and ending Week 12 (October 23), with a break for midsemester break
  • Thursday Evening, 7pm-8pm: UQ location TBA
  • The text used will be Lily de Silva’s “A Pali Primer”.
  • The class will be capped at ten students. Please apply early to secure your place
  • To apply, please submit the form by following the link: (registration is now closed).

To confirm your place, please make a payment of
$50 (UQ Buddhist Society Members) or
$52 (non-members: includes membership) to:

UQ Buddhist Society
Commonwealth Bank
BSB: 064 158
Account number: 11039368

We’ll send you a receipt via email when we confirm your payment.

Email uqbuds[at] with any questions.

About our teacher:

Sanka Wasalthilake (previously a Buddhist monk) received his BA degree from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka (2001) and Ph.D. from the University of Queensland, Brisbane Australia (2014) both majoring in Buddhist studies. Sanka has been teaching Pāli/Sanskrit more than 15 years at an International Bhikkhu Training Institute in Sri Lanka. Sanka was invited to Sri Lankan Buddhist Monastery Brisbane in 2004 to serve as a religious advisor to the Buddhist society. Currently, Sanka lectures on Buddhist Studies at the University of Queensland as a casual staff member while continuing further research studies on Pāli sub-commentarial (ṭīkā) literature.


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