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,

New Buddhist Studies Course, Sterling VA


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, 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.


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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