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Pali Primer by Lily de Silva

Twenty-five centuries ago, Pāli was the lingua franca of northern India, the dialect in which the Buddha taught. Just as Sanskrit is the canonical language of Hinduism and Latin the canonical language of Catholicism, Pāli is the classical language in which the teachings of the Buddha have been preserved. Tipitaka (Pali canon) i.e. literally meaning three baskets which contains teachings of the Buddha, are in Pali language.

This book is an introduction to Pali language for beginners. It is based on the principle of teaching grammar through composition, using a gradually expanding vocabulary.

This book is intended as a companion volume to the book ‘Key to Pali Primer’ which contains exercises for translations into and from English language.

It is ideal for Vipassana meditators as well as non-meditators, interested in learning Pali language and research scholars interested in the Buddha’s teaching.