Online Interactive Course Taught by Jeffrey Samuels, Ph.D.
12 Week Course starting January 26, 2017
Thursdays, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Ever wonder what the Buddha really taught? Ever want to read and understand the Buddha’s sermons in their original Pali language? In January we will begin a Pali course that is designed specifically for students of Buddhism interested in reading Pali Buddhist texts. The course text that we will use for learning Pali grammar and vocabulary is focused on a wide range of Buddhist literature including sermons, verses from the Dhammapada, passages from the disciplinary texts, the Questions of King Milinda, and more. This challenging 12 week course will conclude with the completion of half of A New Course in Reading Pali, a book designed to to have students reading a variety of Pali material.
This course is being offered online through video conferencing that enables a full classroom experience with teacher and group interaction. Each class lasts1.5 hours. The sessions will be recorded in case you need to miss one of the classes.
Course fee is $150 – $200 sliding scale, plus approximately $20.00 for the book, which can be ordered online (details will be sent in January). Please pay at the highest level you can afford for this class so we can accommodate those who need to pay less. A $50 deposit reserves your spot with the balance due by January 19. A scholarship spot is available in the case of financial need.
Jeffrey Samuels is Professor of religious studies at Western Kentucky University. He received a Ph.D. in Buddhist studies from the University of Virginia in 2002. He has been teaching courses on Buddhism and Pali at WKU since 2001. He began meditating in 1987 under the Thai Forest monk Ajahn Buddhadasa. He has completed several long meditation retreats in Thailand under Mahasi Sayaadaw teachers as well as retreats in the U.S. under the Thai teacher Sobin S. Namto. Most recently he has been practicing with One Dharma Nashville and Lisa Ernst.
You can pay by paypal here, or by check – info is at this link. Please include your email address. For specific questions about the course, email firstname.lastname@example.org. For inquires about a scholarship rate, email email@example.com. Please note that course refunds are not available after the payment deadline of January 19.