Pāli - Tipiṭaka
The Buddha wanted people from all social background to understand his teachings, to understand how to practice Dhamma. He chose to teach in common dialects and not in Sanskrit, a scholarly language at the time. When the Buddha passed away at the age of eighty, one monk, old in age but not wisdom, expressed his joy as ‘they were now freed of his clutches, free to do as they liked’. The Buddha’s own teaching after all was: Attāhi attano nāho — You are your own master.Read More
Publicity: Article about Pariyatti during the pandemic—as it appeared in the Northwest Dharma News, July 2020.
For Pariyatti the COVID-19 era began with a 5 a.m. distress phone call. It was January 27, and 16 pilgrims were one week into their three-week pilgrimage through India and Nepal.
Calling from India, the Pariyatti team member said one of the pilgrims had become dizzy while climbing to Vulture’s Peak, one of the Buddha’s favorite places to meditate. She said, “Could it be the novel coronavirus?”Download Article (PDF)
Dhamma Practice in the Face of Coronavirus
By Kory Goldberg, April 2020
One year ago today my 73-year old mother suddenly passed away from a heart attack while travelling in Mexico. Five days later my 93-year old father died as his vital organs failed. Tragedies in my life continued throughout 2019 as I witnessed my extended family members wage war against one another, my father’s business collapse, one of my siblings agonise from mental illness, several friends and relatives flee wildfires, young friends diagnosed with cancer, my children get hurt from sports injuries and bullies, and intoxicated arsonists mindlessly burn down six barns in my neighbourhood. And now COVID-19 welcomes us into a new decade.Read More
One-day Workshop ignites ‘study-volition’ in Morocco
“Will this be the white board for the workshop? It will be too small,” said Adriana Patiño when she saw the board I had brought for our one-day Pāli workshop in Marrakesh, Morocco.
In the last four years, several 10-day courses have been held in Marrakesh at a non-center site. When we invited Adriana to conduct the first Satipaṭṭhāna course in Morocco, she suggested conducting a Pāli workshop as well, to take advantage of the time and space available.
With an eye for detail
One of the imprints Pariyatti publishes under is BPE (BPS Pariyatti Editions). We republish classic Theravāda titles by the Buddhist Publication Society (Sri Lanka), meeting current western printing standards. The BPE Pariyatti Editions are quality prints with an ergonomic page size, an easy-to-read font, and a sturdy spine. We keep the actual content unchanged, however all titles do go through a meticulous copy-editing process before being brought out.
The way Barry got involved with Pariyatti was quite organic. While buying books via www.pariyatti.org he started occasionally submitting errata (suggestions for corrections) of books in our catalog. Those errata were of such a high standard that we were very pleased when he agreed to volunteer as a regular copy editor.
Take a Break
If you work on a PC, make sure to check out the Words of Dhamma application. You can download it from our website. We love this tool as it allows you to start your breaks off with Dhamma inspiration!Read More
Digitization of Invaluable Journals
Fulfilling our mission—of making the words of the Buddha in the Theravada tradition available to as many people as possible—is attainable only with the support we receive from many selfless volunteers. The time and effort of these Dhamma servers helps us to keep our book prices low, and to offer many resources for free.Read More
20 years of Daily Words
It’s been 20 years since we started our ‘Daily Words of the Buddha’ service. A good moment to express a heartfelt ‘thank you’ and ‘congratulations’ to all those who have been involved with this wonderful project over the years.Read More
How Goenkaji's Chantings Led to Online Pāli Courses
As a small organization with a big mission (enriching the world by disseminating the words of the Buddha) Pariyatti receives support from invaluable volunteers, or Dhamma servers, to be able to offer its services. In past newsletter issues we reported on the Art of Reading Dhamma Books and the production of the film ‘Seeds of Awareness’. This time we want to shed some light behind the scenes of the Pariyatti Learning Center (PLC).
We asked Klaus Nothnagel about what’s involved in creating these helpful online tools for studying Pāli. Below is a report of the information he sent us, giving an unexpected and wonderful insight in the olden days as well.
The Four Sacred Locations - Lumbini, Bodh Gaya, Sarnath, Kushinagar
Let us take you on a Buddhist pilgrimage. Let us visit the main places where Gotama Buddha lived and taught the Dhamma. Let us see what they look like now, recall what happened there in the days of the Buddha, and practise his Dhamma at these sites. We will take you on a digital journey to Lumbini (Nepal), Bodhgaya, Sarnath and Kushinagar (India) and touch on the life and teachings of Gotama the Buddha along the way. (excerpt from Bodhi Leaf 118 (Collected Bodhi Leaves IV), On Pilgrimage by Susan Elbaum Jootla)
The Art of Reading Dhamma Books
Over recent years about a dozen different narrators have been involved in the recording of Pariyatti's audiobooks. Sophia, one of our regular volunteering voices, was happy to share her experience and tell all about the process.Read More
Behind the Scenes of 'Seeds of Awareness'
Many Vipassana meditators feel deep sympathetic joy when children receive the Dhamma. Young people’s minds are very fertile and walking on the path of Dhamma will prepare them to live a happy, peaceful life.Read More
Rupees Exchange Tale
In mid-November 2016 we received a letter from a participant of our 2014 pilgrimage. Enclosed were 8000 rupees, in Rs500 and Rs1000 notes.Read More