buddhist terms in sanskrit class

A Three Week Introduction to Buddhist Terms in Sanskrit
Wednesdays 6:30-8:pm, July 14, 21 and 28


Anyone interested in Buddhism comes across terms in Sanskrit, the sacred language of ancient India. The word Buddha is a Sanskrit word. Other Sanskrit words that have entered English include nirvana, karma, and samsara.

You may know these terms, but do you know what they really mean? And what about those long, long, long words that you find when you look at translations of Buddhist texts? Does a word like pratītyasamutpāda look scary? Is it a word that only a Ph.D. student could love?

This summer, relax and take a dip in the vast ocean of Sanskrit. Learn the meaning and origins of key Buddhist terms and their often surprising origins. Learn a few simple rules for how to break Sanskrit words into parts, so that you can make sense of them like an expert. Learn about proper pronunciation and word formation.

Knowing just a little Sanskrit can give you insights into the wisdom of the Buddha and the teachings that lead to Enlightenment. Here is the chance to get the introduction you need and have fun doing it.

If you have questions, please call: 510-809-1551


Your Guides:

Drs. Fernando Tola & Carmen Dragonetti,

visitors to Berkeley from Argentina, are among the world's leading translators of Buddhist texts.

sanskrit nstructors Fernando Tola and Carmen Dragonetti

Skilled in Sanskrit, Tibetan, Chinese, and ancient Greek and Latin, they have translated more than a dozen book-length texts into English and Spanish. Kind and charming teachers with years of experience, they will take you on a journey into a land of linguistic wonders.

Cost: $45 for all three classes if you register in advance;
$50 if you enroll at the first class.


Sponsored by Mangalam Research Center for Buddhist Languages



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