The goal of the Washington, DC, Buddhist Studies Group is to support and enhance participants’ practice and knowledge of Buddhism.  Our meetings are led by individual volunteer members and typically include readings and discussions of suttas (discourses) by the Buddha from the earliest sources—Theravada, Pali Canon—as well as Buddhist topics closely linked to and supported by the suttas.  Topics are wide-ranging, from compassion and mindfulness to how to apply the practice in one’s daily life.  Coupled with this, our meetings include very short meditations.

Our small group consists of individuals with varying degrees of experience regarding teachings of the Buddha, and we encourage others to join us who have sincere interest, an open mind, and a loving heart.

Texts Used
Most of our discussions are drawn from the 3 primary texts listed below. However, other materials related to Buddhism are welcome if one of two conditions are met.  The facilitator of a discussion makes those materials easily available to the discussion group either by providing hard copies or by providing electronic copies posted on this site in advance of the discussion  so that members can print the materials for themselves.   These are the 3 primary texts which Washington D.C. Buddhist Studies use for discussions:

  1. The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha: A Translation of the Majjhima Nikaya translated by Bhikkhus Nanamoli & Bodhi
  2. In the Buddha’s Words: An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon compiled and translated by Bhikku Bodhi
  3. Wings to Awakening: An Anthology from the Pali Canon by Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Geoffrey DeGraff)
    To request a printed copy of this book, please write to: Metta Forest Monastery, P.O. Box 1409, Valley Center, CA 92082, USA. Otherwise it is freely available in PDF, HTML and other electronic formats.

Note: The first two texts are available in a number of area public libraries and through interlibrary loan at any library.

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