Sutta Talk: Setting The Wheel In Motion

On Behalf of Dr. Robert Rhyne:

 

Bhante Dhammasiri of the Washington Buddhist Vihara requested that I begin offering sutta classes again. About every Friday after the 7 pm to 8 pm silent meditation we will meet to discuss a sutta until 9 pm. I prefer to meet in the Dhamma Hall upstairs, not in the basement. This Friday we will take an informal look at the Buddha’s first discourse, Dhammacakkhapavatthana Sutta (SN 56.11). It’s translated in various ways. Here’s one:
This is a major discourse. We can spend many weeks on it. Let’s begin with basics:
— historical background
     – the speakers and the audiences
     – the places
— text
     – the location in the canon
     – the history
     – the structure
— meaning
     – what is a noble truth? Is it the same as ultimate truth? Does the difference include shared characteristics? Or is it a radical shearing from theoretical truth to a practical one?
     – what are the 4 noble truths?
     – How does the Buddha define them? Descriptively or proscriptively? Both?
     – birth of the religion
     – birth of Sangha. Triple Gem.
— application
      – how do the 4 help me?
            Compass, medecine, etc
      – you and the noble truths?
      – tool box of investigative wisdom?
      – Awakening the same or more or different than the 4 noble truths?
— commentaries vs. canon? Any differences?
This discourse can be a multi-life journey of discovery. These questions are long-term questions. So no need to have an opinion about these questions just yet. Just open up your heart to a long-term project in a relaxed environment among Dhamma friends.
My best wishes to you,
Robert

New Buddhist Studies Course, Sterling VA

BUDDHIST STUDY GROUP

New semester on Tuesday 2016 April 5th at the Wat Yarnee Buddhist temple in Sterling,VA., 2 miles off of the Rte 28 exit.

Please contact our website, watyarn.com for directions.

We study the 4 noble truths, the eightfold path to enlightenment, 5 precepts, 5 hindrances and the five aggregates.

The course is free,we provide all study materials,no homework,no forms to fill out;just show up any Tuesday at 4:15 pm at the temple & we will teach you what the Buddha taught his disciples 2500 years ago.

Contact:

Call Chuck at 571-278-6922 or E-Mail him at olympioh2 AT gmail DOT com

On Hiatus

Hi all,

Please disregard the automated email titled “Schedule 2015“.   At the beginning of each  new years I create a new post with a copy of the schedule for the past year.  I do that to store it and I forget that “new” posts send out an automated email

The Washington D.C. Buddhist Studies Group is now on an indefinite hiatus.

We are maintaining this site and our Google Groups for announcing local events of related interest. We will not be seeking out information about local Theravada events, but will welcome being contacted about such events.

You might want to try the Silver Spring Sutta Study Group in the interim.

The Silver Spring Sutta Study Group group meets the second Tuesday of each month in Silver Spring from 7:30-9:30.

Everyone who is interested from absolute beginners to more advanced students are welcome.

For more information please contact Catherine Brousseau: cbrousseau -AT- rcn -DOT- com

What Makes You *Not* a Buddhist

Andrew will be leading a discussion on the book “What Makes You Not A Buddhist” over these two sessions:

February 06 Friday     7 – 8:45 PM

March 13    Friday     7 – 8:45 PM

The author of this book, throws down the gauntlet, challenging common misconceptions, stereotypes, and fantasies. With wit and irony, he urges readers to move beyond the superficial trappings of Buddhism straight to the heart of what the Buddha taught. The text is not freely available, so Andrew will bring a copy for discussion.

Wings To Awakening

FRI, JAN 9th, 7 – 8:45 PM

Andrew will continue facilitating the Buddhist Studies Group this Friday night. It will be in the format of a book club.

Please:
– Do your best to read the requested pages.

– Come with two questions or areas you want to discuss.

For those who were not able to attend the previous session, there will be a recap.

These meetings are an exceptional, heart and practice based set of discussions.

Please read The Wings to Awakening, PART I. pages 73 – 88 on Satipatthana for new and very insightful ideas on the vital topic sometimes called “The Foundations of Mindfulness.”

 

Here are Access to Insight links to The Wings to Awakening:
HTML: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/thanissaro/wings/index.html
PDF: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/thanissaro/wings.pdf
And here are Dhammatalks.org links:
EPUB: http://www.dhammatalks.org/Archive/Writings/Ebooks/wings_v120105.epub
MOBI: http://www.dhammatalks.org/Archive/Writings/Ebooks/wings_v111231.mobi

Discussion: Wings To Awakening: Continued

FRI 2014 NOV 14, 7 – 8:45 PM

Andrew will continue facilitating the Buddhist Studies Group this Friday night.  It will be in the format of a book club.
Please:
– Do your best to read the requested pages.
– Come with two questions or areas you want to discuss.

For those who were not able to attend the previous session, there will be a recap.

These meetings are an exceptional, heart and practice based set of discussions.

Please read The Wings to Awakening, PART I. pages 73 – 88 on Satipatthana for new and very insightful ideas on the vital topic sometimes called “The Foundations of Mindfulness.”

Here are Access to Insight links to The Wings to Awakening:
HTML: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/thanissaro/wings/index.html
PDF: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/thanissaro/wings.pdf
And here are Dhammatalks.org links:
EPUB: http://www.dhammatalks.org/Archive/Writings/Ebooks/wings_v120105.epub
MOBI: http://www.dhammatalks.org/Archive/Writings/Ebooks/wings_v111231.mobi

2014 Saturday August 23: Kamma: Conditions That Enhance Or Thwart Its Effects

Saturday, 2014 Aug. 23, 4 – 5:40 PM

The Vihara’s meditation monk, Bhante Wataratana, will discuss how kamma (karma), or the effects of kamma can be enhanced or thwarted by certain conditions, as listed in the Vibhanga of the Abhidamma Pitaka.

These are as follows:

  • Perfection of Place – Gatisampatti
  • Perfection of Personality – Upadhisampatti
  • Perfection of Time – Kalasampatti
  • Perfection of Completeness of Activities – PayogasampattiDisaster of Place – Gativipatti
  • Disaster of Personality – Upadhivipatti
  • Disaster of Time – Kalavipatti
  • Disaster of the Completeness of Activities – Payogavipatti

Bhante asked us to review these conditions and their effects for our next session.
Also, Bhante has provided the attached article “How Does Kamma Continue?” to review on the subject.

Please note that he is able to teach only once a month and is beginning a subject of depth and importance that very few people could present.
Please do not miss this special opportunity.