Entering the World of the Pali Canon

The history, structure, study, and practices of the Early Buddhist texts made accessible to modern times

Course Description:

Sometimes in Dharma talks we hear teachers refer to a sutta passage, “what the Buddha said,” or to “the Pali Canon.” What are they referring to? How can we find these passages ourselves and how do we know the Buddha even said these things? In this course we’ll explore the three “baskets” (tipitaka) of the Pali Canon, with particular attention to the specific books containing the suttas (discourses). The class includes reading and discussing several texts, along with suggestions for ways to practice with texts as part of one’s spiritual path. Each session also includes meditation and small-group interaction. This class is suitable for people new to the Pali Canon as well as those more familiar with it.

Please register here to receive the Zoom link and readings. 

Course Material:



July 24 and 31, 2021, 8:30-10:30am Pacific. Participants are asked to attend both sessions.

Location: This is an online ZOOM class.


Diana Clark, Kim Allen, Ying Chen and David Lorey

Please email practicecourses.saticenter@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Sati Center for Buddhist Studies Study and Practice Series

The Sati Center for Buddhist Studies’s Study-and-Practice series combines in-depth exploration of the discourses of the Pali canon with ways of applying Buddhist teachings to meditation and daily life. The Study-and-Practice series aims to make the Pali suttas accessible and useful, connect the study of the ancient textual tradition with practice, and cultivate shared enjoyment along the way. (A knowledge of Pali is not required.) The teaching team is Diana Clark, Kim Allen, Ying Chen, and David Lorey.

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