Hello Ben, all,
As grammar and sentence structure is a little different in Pali than in English, it is very worth while to get this book also Pali Grammar for Students
by Steven Collins (2006, Silkworm Books, ISBN 978-974-9511-13-8) - Bhikkhu Bodhi recommends that it be used in conjunction with book by James W. Gair and W.S. Karunatillake.http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/974951 ... ive=380601
So ... the time frame will allow us (and anyone else interested in joining us) to get both books and be ready to go by the end of February, 2009.
One funny thing ... although I have now forgotten most of the Pali I learned at Uni. .... on my last trip to India, the Pilgrimage group was down at the Burning ghats, very tired at the end of a long day of visual, vocal, aural, gustatory, olfactory, tactile sensations that make up Indian cities.
I had been 'harassed' by an indian male beggar for an hour or more, and I finally dispensed with politeness and told him quietly to go away as I was not giving him any more. He drew himself up and stalked away, curling his lip and sneering "Pandaka" and spitting on the ground. I wasn't insulted but almost ran after him to ask him (with a smile) to say it again please so I could record it on my mobile.
Pandaka is a Pali word, and he was using it as a modern obscenity fueled by anger ~ basically commenting (I think) on my short hair and make-up (Indian women having beautiful hair down to their waists.
So Pali isn't as dead a language as we sometimes think. Homosexuality and the original meaning of Pandakahttp://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php ... 22,0,0,1,0