The Words of the Buddha: Ongoing Class on the Middle Length Discourses

The Words of the Buddha: Ongoing Class on the Middle Length Discourses

Ongoing Class on the Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha

With Gil Fronsdal and Diana Clark

Intermittent Thursdays on Zoom, 3:30–4:30 p.m. with optional Q&A 4:30–5:00 p.m. Pacific time

1st Theme: Introduction to the Majjhima Nikaya (Middle-Length Discourses) – Aug 5

2nd Theme: Relating to the Teachings – August 19, 26, and September 9, 2021

3rd Theme: Faith – September 30, October, 14, 21, 28

4th Theme: The Path – Nov. 11, 18, Dec. 9, and 16

5th Theme: The Buddha – Jan 6, 13, 20, 27, Feb 3, 10, 2022

(You’re welcome to register and join the class at any time; attendance at preceding sessions is not required.  See link for registration below.)

This ongoing series will provide a progressive and systematic study of the Middle Length Discourses (Majjhima Nikāya), one of the most important collections of the Buddha’s teachings. The series will be organized thematically with 3-6 weeks devoted to discussing discourses related to each theme.

The themes covered will include Relating to the Teachings, Faith, the Path, the Buddha, Karma, Rebirth, Effort and Training, Training in Community, Happiness and Sensuality, Mindfulness, Concentration, Wisdom, Attainments, and Nibbana.

The dates will be intermittent depending on when the instructors are available.

The series is suitable for people who have acquired a good understanding of the basic Buddhist teachings and practices. It is designed for people who have the time and motivation to read the assigned readings before class. You will need to have access to a copy of Bhikkhu Ñāṇamoli and Bhikkhu Bodhi’s, The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha (Wisdom Publishing).

Participants will be expected to have read and reflected on the readings assigned for each class. Study guides will be provided to lay the foundation of informed readings of the texts. The classes will be devoted to both short lectures on the assigned readings and discussion.

Please click here for registration.

(The registration form may ask you to be signed in to a google account in order to register)

A few days after registration you will receive an invitation to our Google Classroom that contains the assignments, study guides and links for the Zoom meetings and audio recordings.

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