PLAN 101 : Pāli I
This is an introductory course that provides students with the opportunity to learn the basics of the Pāli language, in which a rich collection of the words of the Buddha and their Theravāda commentaries have been preserved. Students are introduced to the general principles of Pāli syntax and grammar, with a focus on understanding and memorizing the rules of declension and conjugation. Important Pāli doctrinal and philosophical terms will be explained as they appear in the exercises, which are selected from the canonical (nikāya) texts so that students can begin working with the texts directly. Assessments include homework assignments, quizzes, exams, and classroom participation.