Category Archives: Pali

Twenty week Pali Course @ Buddhist Library

Have you always wanted to be able to read the Buddha’s words in
the(ir) original Pali? Do you need a supportive environment to learn?
Are you intimated by learning a new language? Well here is your
opportunity to achieve your goal.

Over 20 Saturdays Bhante Sujato, Pali Scholar and Abbott of Santi
Forest Monastery has generously offered to be our guide and
introduce the basics of Pali to enable us to read Buddhist suttas.

The design of the course is based on learning Pali by reading Buddhist
suttas. From the first class the aim is for you to begin to read and
gradually comprehend suttas in Pali. By matching our motivation (to
read Suttas) with the challenge of learning a new language the aim is
to create an enjoyable and practical experience. Our goal is for each
participant to gain a sense of accomplishment through reading and
understanding Pali Suttas.

Course Details

Due to the very limited numbers we can accommodate (8 to 10) we would
prefer people who can commit to most and ideally all 20 Saturdays. The
classes will run from Saturday February 25th to Saturday 7th July. (While
classes will run on all Saturdays, Bhante Sujato will not attend all
of them due to prior commitments/availability.) Bhante’s role is to answer
questions and guide students – motivated self-learning is required.
Depending on interest, more / continuing courses will be offered in the future.

About the teacher

As well as being a meditator and teacher, Bhante Sujato is a scholar
of early Buddhism. You can view his body of work (books and essays) here or his blog.


You will need to purchase the textbook for the course: Pali – Buddha’s
Language: A complete teach yourself course for beginners in 10 simple
by Kurt Schmidt.

For those whose who feel that their knowledge of grammar needs
refreshing, we recommend “Pali Grammar for Students” by Steven
Collins. This is optional and at your own discretion. Both texts are
available from Amazon website.

Where is it?

Australian Buddhist library in Camperdown.

When is it?

Saturday 9 – 10 am.
Dates: Saturday 25th February – Saturday 7th July 2012.


By Donation.


If you wish to attend please email sam[dot]jerga[at]hotmail[dot]com.
For any further queries, please call 0435 723 264

Due to very limited space successful applications will be
on a strictly first come basis

How to install Pali keyboard for Ubuntu

Instructions for Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex) and 9.10 (Karmic Koala)

1. Log in as administrator


As a regular user, open the terminal:


Write the code line (or copy and paste):

gksudo nautilus

Press Enter. Enter password when requested. A navigator window will open.

2. Copy the following location:


Paste it into the ‘location’ box, near the top left of your navigator. If there is no box labelled ‘location’, this is probably because you are viewing the button-based location bar. Press the icon at the far left that looks like a paper document with a pencil. This will toggle between button and text-based location bar. Then you can paste the address and press ‘Enter’.

Alternatively, you can navigate to the folder in the normal way, stating with the ‘File System’ icon in your ‘Places’ sidebar.

Copy the file pi, and paste it into this folder.

3. In the same navigator window go to the following location:


With ‘Text Editor’ open the file evedev.xml

Copy the following:


Use the ‘Find’ function (Ctrl + F) to find it.

Copy the following lines and add them ABOVE the line </layoutList> :

<name> pi </name>

Save and close.

Find the file base.xml in the same folder and do the same there.

4. In the same folder open with ‘Text Editor’ the file evdev.lst.

Find the layout list, either using ‘Find’ or by scrolling down. At the end of layout list add:

pi Pali

Save and close.

Do the same in the file base.lst found in the same folder.

You will now be able to find Pali in your keyboard layout:

system->preference->keyboard->layout->add (+) -> find Pali ‘By Language’ and choose it.

However, ‘Pali’ will NOT appear in the ‘by country’ list.

When you choose Pali the system might give an error message – ignore it.

5. Choose a ‘third level operating key’.

This means you define which key will let you use the special characters.

system->preference->keyboard->layout options->Third level chooser

Choose one option – that will be the key that will allow you to access the special character. We use ‘Left Alt’.

6. If you want to toggle between two sets of keyboard layouts:

Add a layout from the list in the keyboard layout option. Don’t mark any of them as default.

Then choose the switch option:

layout option-> other options button -> layout switching -> choose which ever combination you like.

Alternatively, you can download instructions and code in zip format: PaliKeyboardUbuntu

Keyboard bindings

This is the list of keyboard bindings for the Pali/Sanskrit Unicode characters. For the capitals, use Alt + Shift + [character].

ā = Alt a
ī = Alt i
ū = Alt u
ṁ = Alt m
ṅ = Alt g
ñ = Alt j
ṭ = Alt t
ḍ = Alt d
ṇ = Alt n
ḷ = Alt l
ḥ = Alt h
ś = Alt z
ṣ = Alt s

These keys will work if you choose, at step 5 of the installation, ‘left Alt’ as the ‘third level operating key’. If you want to use a different layout, choose a different key at this stage.