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New Android and iphone Audiodharma apps!

We’re very happy to announce that Christopher Minson, a long time sangha member and previous IMC webmaster, has developed a free Audiodharma App which is now available for Apple iPhones/iPads and Google Android devices. The Audiodharma homepage has a direct link to download the app.

Any feedback can be sent directly to Christopher christopherjayminson@gmail.com or through the Apple store or Google Play.

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“The Buddha Before Buddhism” by Gil Fronsdal is Now Available

The Buddha before Buddhism: Wisdom from the Early Teachings by Gil Fronsdal is now available.

A translation with commentary of one of the earliest of the surviving Buddhist texts, which reveals the teachings to be remarkably simple and free of religious trappings.

The Aṭṭhakavagga, or “Book of Eights,” is believed by scholars to be among the earliest of written Buddhist texts, and in it we find the Buddha’s teaching pared down to its most uncomplicated essence. Gil Fronsdal’s translation and commentary reveals the text’s central concern to be the joy that comes from recognizing and letting go of attachment to the illusory views that create suffering. It’s simple medicine that works for us today as well as it did for the Buddha’s first listeners.


Reviews

“Provocative, unsettling and inspirational, this extraordinary collection of early Buddhist poems reveals a radical vision of human freedom grounded in the non-reactive peace of nirvana. Gil Fronsdal’s fine translation allows us to hear how the Dharma may originally have been uttered as poetry in the solitude of forests. In challenging some of the received wisdom of Buddhist orthodoxy, these teachings invite the reader to question deep-seated beliefs about truth itself. “-Stephen Batchelor, author of After Buddhism

“Widely acknowledged as one of the oldest texts in the Buddhist canon, the Aṭṭhakavagga is intriguingly different from other Buddhist scriptures, lacking many of the doctrinal propositions that have come to be associated with Buddhism. Gil Fronsdal’s fresh new translation, together with illuminating commentaries to each section of the text drawn both from scholarly research and from his many years of meditation practice, will make this classic text come alive for a new generation of readers.”–Jan Nattier, author of A Few Good Men: The Bodhisattva Path according to The Inquiry of Ugra


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The October – December 2016 Newsletter is Now Available

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Women in Buddhism Symposium: In Honor of the Nuns of Aloka Vihara

On Saturday, November 14 the Sati Center will host a symposium highlighting the accomplishments of women scholars in the early years of Buddhist Studies in the West, on the one hand, and portraits of women as presented in the scriptures of early Buddhist literature on the other. We will celebrate the contributions of these women as part of a benefit to support the pioneering Theravada Buddhist nuns living at Aloka Vihara in the Sierra foothills.

Bring a bag lunch.

Lunch will be at 11 am and include a meal offering for the nuns attending.

No registration needed.

The symposium is a benefit for the Aloka Vihara nuns’ community.

9:00 a.m. – Welcome and opening remarks – Gil Fronsdal
9:15 a.m. – Session I: Pioneering Women in Buddhist Studies

  • Caroline Rhys Davids – Dawn Neal (Institute of Buddhist Studies)
  • I.B. Horner – Grace Burford (Prescott University)

11:00 a.m. – Food offering to the nuns (everyone invited to make an offering)
12:15 p.m. – Session II: Women in Pāli Literature (1): Portraits of Women in the Suttas

  • Laywomen – Diana Clark (Institute of Buddhist Studies)
  • Nuns  -Xi He (UC Berkeley)

2:00 p.m. – Session III: Women in Pāli Literature (2): Tales of Accomplished Nuns

  • Poetry of early Buddhist nuns – Meg Gawler (Institute of Buddhist Studies)
  • Mahāpajāpatī, the first Buddhist nun – Jan Nattier (UC Berkeley)

3:30 p.m. – Concluding remarks
4:00 p.m. – End

For more information about the nuns, visit their website at Saranaloka Foundation — which supports Theraveda Buddhist Nuns of the Forest Tradition in the West.