Tuesday, 27 September 2011

A Systematic Study of the Majjhima Nikaya

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A Systematic Study of the Majjhima Nikaya
II. Approaching the Dhamma
III. The Ethical Life
IV. Deepening One's Perspectives on the World
V. The Path to Liberation
VI. The Practice in Detail
VII. The Cultivation of Wisdom
VIII. The Tathāgata
IX. Life in the Sangha
X. Additional talks on the Majjhima Nikāya
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A Systematic Study of the
Majjhima Nikāya
“Exploring the Word of the Buddha”
Taught by Bhikkhu Bodhi
January 2003 to the present
at Bodhi Monastery, 67 Lawrence Road, Lafayette NJ 07848 USA
Book used:The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha translated by Bhikkhu Ñāṇamoli and Bhikkhu Bodhi
Click here to view the syllabus of this course.
This course delves into the direct teachings of the Buddha himself as preserved in some of the oldest records of his discourses. As the themes of the Buddha’s discourses are mutually implicative and closely interwoven, it will not take long for the earnest student to acquire a clear sense of the fundamental framework of the teachings. The student is given a detailed overview of all the major teachings of Early Buddhism, including:
  • Life of the Buddha
  • Fundamental Ethics
  • Meditation and Mind-training
  • Nature of True Wisdom
NOTE: All of the MN Series audio files have been re-edited for better sound quality, and the series is available on CDs and DVDs.

Introduction


On 2003.01.07
An introduction to the organization of the Pali Canon and to some of the background conditions in India from which the Suttas arose.

I. The Buddha’s Enlightenment


On 2003.01.14
MN 26: Ariyapariyesanā Sutta — The Noble Search (through paragraph 18)

On 2003.01.21
MN 4: Bhayabherava Sutta — Fear and Dread
Realization of the three knowledges

On 2003.01.28
MN 4: Bhayabherava Sutta — Fear and Dread
(continued)

On 2003.02.04
MN 36: Mahāsaccaka Sutta — The Greater Discourse to Saccaka
The discovery of the middle way

On 2003.02.11
MN 36: Mahāsaccaka Sutta — The Greater Discourse to Saccaka (continued through paragraph 44)
MN 26: Ariyapariyesanā Sutta — The Noble Search
(return to MN 26 from paragraph 18 through paragraph 30)

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