Sutta Study – Exploring The Teachings of the Buddha
A Weekly On-Line Sangha
The Suttas are the direct words of the Buddha and his senior disciples. There are literally thousands of Suttas, the result of over 40 years of the Buddha’s teaching after his enlightenment.
One English translation of the Pali word “Sutta” is “thread”. Each Sutta is a small piece of the whole cloth of the Buddha’s teachings. By examining and studying these threads we can come to a better understanding of how this cloth was woven, how each of these teachings fits with the others and contributes to the whole. This understanding will help give context to what we experience in our formal practice and in our daily life.
Each Thursday evenings we will look at a different Sutta. I will post the references on this webpage a few days prior to the evening meeting. They will be drawn primarily from the Majjhima Nikaya, The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha, a collection of 152 key teachings. When possible, I will also post links to where this Sutta can be found on-line, so people will have a chance to read it and think about it beforehand.
We will start with a ½ hour sitting period, followed by a dharma talk based on the Sutta and then time for questions and discussion. Everyone is welcome.
For those of you, who like me, love books, the formal title of the translation I use is “The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha, A Translation of the Majjhima Nikaya, Translated by Bhikkhu Nanamoli and Bhikkhu Bodhi", Wisdom Publications,
When: Thursdays 7:00 - 8:45 pm MDT
This Week's Sutta:
Aug. 13, Vitakkasanthana Sutta - The Removal of Distracting Thoughts - MN 20
Zoom Meeting ID: 819 1117 5499
Zoom Password: 522115
The meeting will open 10 minutes before the start time, at 6:50pm.
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