May 4 - May 6
Jackman Humanities Building, Rm 317
170 St George St
Participants in the “Nissaya Reading Workshop with William Pruitt” will meet for twelve hours (six two-hour sessions) over three days for an introduction to the Burmese-Pali commentary genre called nissaya. The workshop will include an informal presentation of the history and form of the genre by the guest lecturer, followed by five training sessions of two hours each, during which students are instructed in how to translate, consult, and interpret this type of texts. Prospective active core participants are students and faculty who can read Burmese and Pali, further those who read Pali in Burmese script. Students short of these qualifications are encouraged to partake in the translation sections of the workshop to the degree to which they can and participate more actively in the sections dealing with genre, methodology, and content. The workshop will be rounded off by a lecture by William Pruitt on the ongoing Burmese manuscript digitization and archiving project, the results of which will eventually be hosted on the HCBS website.