This is the ancient Indian language of the Buddha's orginal teachings, which is also used in ceremonies and chanting today.


The written form of Pali at the retreat uses the English alphabet, with some extras such as:

  • M with a small circle above it is pronounce 'NG'
  • NN with a tilde (~) above it is pronounced as 'NY'
  • C is prounced as 'J'


Other points are outside the scope of these webpages, and though there is a more thorough explanation in the front of the chanting books, it is not difficult to pick it up as you go along.


No attempt is made in these webpages to use the non-ASCII characters required for a more true depiction of Pali words.


There is lots more information at websites such as Wiki.


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