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Study Group Schedule

Postby retrofuturist » Wed Jan 21, 2009 2:39 am

Majjhima Nikaya Study Group

Week commencing...

11 Feb 2009 - 4. Faith, practice, and attainment - MN 95. Cankī Sutta: With Cankī

18 Feb 2009 - 5. Four ways of life - MN 46. Mahādhammasamādāna Sutta: The Greater Discourse on Ways of Undertaking Things

25 Feb 2009 - 6. Karma and its results - Part 1 - MN 57. Kukkuravatika Sutta: The Dog-Duty Ascetic

4 Mar 2009 - 7. Karma and its results - Part 2 - MN 135. Cūḷakammavibhanga Sutta: The Shorter Exposition of Action

11 Mar 2009 - 8. The path to a higher rebirth - MN 41. Sāleyyaka Sutta: The Brahmins of Sālā

18 Mar 2009 - 9. Right speech and patience - Part 1 - MN 61. Ambalaṭṭhikārāhulovāda Sutta: Advice to Rāhula at Ambalaṭṭhikā

25 Mar 2009 - 10. Right speech and patience - Part 2 - MN 21. Kakacūpama Sutta: The Simile of the Saw

More topics to be announced shortly. Sequencing modelled on Bhikkhu Bodhi's course "Exploring the Word of the Buddha" (see attached PDF file)

MN_syllabus.pdf
SYLLABUS FOR A SYSTEMATIC STUDY OF THE MAJJHIMA NIKĀYA
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Re: Study schedule

Postby mikenz66 » Wed Jan 21, 2009 4:11 am

Hi Retro,

Not sure if you want comments on this thread, so feel free to delete this (or maybe we need a "comments" thread?) but I think you've made an excellent choice to just pick out some of the Suttas that Bhikkhu Bodhi covers, otherwise it might move a little slowly.

Thanks for your efforts!

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Re: Study schedule

Postby Cittasanto » Wed Jan 21, 2009 8:05 am

Here are the links I talked about in the other thread!

http://www.bodhimonastery.net/bm/about- ... ikaya.html

http://www.liberationpark.org/study/syllabus.htm

and their is also Ashoka university
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Re: Study schedule

Postby jcsuperstar » Tue Nov 10, 2009 5:43 am

so that syllabus is finished in as much as i could find the translations on the internets.

what do you guys think we should do next?
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Re: Study schedule

Postby retrofuturist » Tue Nov 10, 2009 5:49 am

Greetings JC,

I'd like the Nibbana Sermons by Venerable Nanananda but I understand if that might not a choice of interest to the masses... and there are quite a few of them.

So unless other people jump up and say they're keen, feel free to let this idea slip.

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Whatever various forms of unease there are in the world, They originate founded in encumbering accumulation. (Pārāyanavagga)


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One who is such, calmed and ever mindful, He has no sorrows! -- Udana IV, 7


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Re: Study schedule

Postby mikenz66 » Tue Nov 10, 2009 5:57 am

How about looking at the Ratana, Mahāmaṅgala, and Mettā Suttas, from the Sutta Nipata? These have a very different "feel" from the Majjhima Nikaya.
There are a number of translations to compare here:
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... index.html

As Bhikkhu Bodhi says in his introduction to his talks here:
http://www.bodhimonastery.net/courses/Sn/Sn_course.html
The first three suttas studied, the Ratana, Mahāmaṅgala, and Mettā Suttas, are among the most popular texts in Theravada Buddhism. They provide the backbone of understanding, practice, and attitude in the Theravada Buddhist world and are often taught to lay people so that they will grow up imbibing the values and ideals of Buddhism. They also serve as paritta suttas (“Protective Discourses”), recited to provide blessings and protection in times of difficulty and danger.

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Re: Study schedule

Postby BlackBird » Tue Nov 10, 2009 9:33 am

BlackBird wrote:Could we have a look at some of the Sutta Nipata at some stage? I have heard it referred to as a bit of a hidden gold-mine, and my wanderings through it thus far have been fruitful.

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Re: Study schedule

Postby rowyourboat » Tue Nov 10, 2009 11:16 pm

It might be also useful to look at all the sutras on one topic
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Re: Study schedule

Postby jcsuperstar » Wed Nov 11, 2009 3:52 am

so i think i'm gonna go with the sutta nipata, since it looks like its all there on A2I, and since we talked about this before...
happy study! jc
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Re: Study schedule

Postby retrofuturist » Wed Nov 11, 2009 4:36 am

Good choice JC... thanks for your efforts.

:reading:

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Whatever various forms of unease there are in the world, They originate founded in encumbering accumulation. (Pārāyanavagga)


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One who is such, calmed and ever mindful, He has no sorrows! -- Udana IV, 7


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the next collection

Postby jcsuperstar » Tue May 25, 2010 7:47 am

i think after the Sutta Nipata it would be best to move on to the Itivuttaka as not only is it available online but they are short suttas. After that is done we can come up with something else. suggestions are most welcome

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Re: the next collection

Postby retrofuturist » Tue May 25, 2010 9:11 am

Greetings endorser of the Itivuttaka,

I concur.

:reading:

Thanks for your efforts.

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Whatever various forms of unease there are in the world, They originate founded in encumbering accumulation. (Pārāyanavagga)


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One who is such, calmed and ever mindful, He has no sorrows! -- Udana IV, 7


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Re: the next collection

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Tue May 25, 2010 1:52 pm

Hi JC,

I'd be interested in participating. Are you just going to post a reading for discussion on a weekly basis? Let me know if there are any details I'm missing. Metta.
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Continuing the Study Group

Postby mikenz66 » Thu Sep 09, 2010 2:49 am

I've agreed to take over the Study Group for the time being. JC had taken us through quite a lot of the Sutta Nipata, but I've noticed that discussion has trailed off a little on that, so my plan is to alternate the rest of the Sutta Nipata Suttas with a selection of other Suttas. In particular, I will try to post some suttas for which there are alternative translations available.

First up is: MN 131 Bhaddekaratta Sutta: The Discourse on the Ideal Lover of Solitude.
I have posted the translation by Bhikkhu Ñanananda, but Thanissaro Bhikkhu's translation is also available. Also note that the translation of the Majjhima Nikaya by Bhikkhus Ñanamoli and Bohdi available at: http://www.palicanon.org but you have to register to read them.

I think that JC would have appreciated the translated title that Bhikkhu Ñanananda has chosen.

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A selection from the Samyutta Nikaya

Postby mikenz66 » Sun Sep 19, 2010 7:27 am

A selection from the Samyutta Nikaya.

Over the next few months I will post some Suttas from the Samyutta
Nikaya (SN). I intend to use mainly Suttas that appear in the
collections by Bhikkhu Ñanananda http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... el183.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; John D. Ireland http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... el107.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; or M.O'C. Walshe http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/auth ... el318.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; as well as in the main collection on Access to Insight
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/sn/index.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; so that we have a variety of translations to compare, including, of course, Bhikkhu Bodhi's translation: http://www.wisdompubs.org/Pages/c_teachings.lasso" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; which is not available (legally) on line, but which I highly recommend. I will post some summaries of Bhikkhu Bodhi's notes as we go along.

I intend to use the ordering suggested by Bhikkhu Bodhi:
Bhikkhu Bodhi wrote:I suggest you might take [the Samyutta Nikaya] in
what seems to me to be the original order, the most reasonable order,
preserved better in the Sarvastivada school (in Chinese
translation). In the Pali tradition, it seems, the books of the
Samyutta were re-arranged and as a result one loses sight of the
underlying groundplan. As I see it from the Chinese Samyukta Agama,
this collection attempted, in broad terms, to mirror the pattern of
the four noble truths. One should begin with Part III (of the Pali),
22-the Khandha-samyutta, followed by Part IV, 35-the
Salayatana-samyutta and 36-Vedana-samyutta. These were to represent
the noble truth of suffering.

Then take Part II, the Nidana-samyutta [12]. This represents the noble
truths of the origin and cessation of suffering. You can also look at
Part IV-43 and 44-which again relate to the truth of cessation.

Then take Part V [45-56], just about all the chapters are
important. This is called in Pali the Mahavagga, the large
compilation, but in the Chinese Samyukta Agama it was called
Margavagga, the compilation on the path; for it represents the fourth
truth, the way to the cessation of suffering.

Thereafter you can take any of the minor chapters that catch your
interest. Part I, the collection with verses, can be taken last. In
the Samyukta Agama it was in fact put at the end, as a kind of
supplement to the original Samyutta collection, but for some reason
the early elders of the Theravada tradition moved it to the beginning,
where it has effectively discouraged many brave souls who were intent
on reading the Samyutta from proceeding further.


PS: I will alternate Suttas from the final chapter of the Sutta Nipata with the Samyutta Nikaya Suttas until we get the Sutta Nipata finished.

Edit: There is a discussion with Bhikkhu Bodhi on the Samyutta Nikaya here:
http://dharmaseed.org/teacher/33/?searc ... tta+nikaya
where he discusses this ordering.

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Samyutta Nikaya "Part Two": Origin and Cessation

Postby mikenz66 » Wed Nov 23, 2011 1:24 pm

With this week's Suttas:
SN 12.1, 12.2 Dependent Origination
viewtopic.php?f=25&t=10553

we start the second part of Bhikkhu Bodhis suggested analysis of the Samyutta Nikaya:
viewtopic.php?f=25&t=345#p88300
Bhikkhu Bodhi wrote:Then take Part II, the Nidana-samyutta [12]. This represents the noble
truths of the origin and cessation of suffering. You can also look at
Part IV-43 and 44-which again relate to the truth of cessation.


So this week I've posted the first two discourses from the Nidana Vagga — The Section on Causation http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... tml#nidana

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Re: Study Group Schedule

Postby mikenz66 » Thu Jun 28, 2012 9:26 pm

With this week's Suttas:
SN 45.1: Avijja Sutta — Ignorance
viewtopic.php?f=25&t=12968

we start the third part of Bhikkhu Bodhi's suggested analysis of the Samyutta Nikaya:
viewtopic.php?f=25&t=345#p88300
Bhikkhu Bodhi wrote:Then take Part V [45-56], just about all the chapters are
important. This is called in Pali the Mahavagga, the large
compilation, but in the Chinese Samyukta Agama it was called
Margavagga, the compilation on the path; for it represents the fourth
truth, the way to the cessation of suffering.


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Re: Study Group Schedule

Postby mikenz66 » Tue Sep 17, 2013 7:43 pm

This weeks collection of suttas: The five destinations repetition series are the last suttas in the Samyutta Nikaya.

Members may recall that for the last three years we have been working through the SN using the ordering suggested by Bhikkhu Bodhi: viewtopic.php?f=25&t=345#p88300 which is the ordering of the Chinese Samyukta Agama. Of course, we have not covered every sutta, there are too many for that!

Having covered the suttas that thematically represent the noble truths, there are now an assortment of suttas that do not fit into those themes, including the first book (of verses), http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... ml#sagatha which is at the end of the Samyukta Agama.

From next week we will alternate some of the remaining SN suttas with suttas from the Anguttara Nikaya, the Numerical Discourses of the Buddha. I intend to present those suttas in the thematic ordering suggested by Bhikkhu Bodhi in his recent new translation: http://www.wisdompubs.org/book/numerica ... ses-buddha

The Thematic Guide is included in this PDF preview: http://www.wisdompubs.org/sites/default ... review.pdf which also includes the introduction.

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Re: Study Group Schedule

Postby mikenz66 » Wed Sep 25, 2013 7:29 pm

A Thematic Guide to the Aṅguttara Nikāya
from The Numerical Discourses of the Buddha


I. The Buddha


This week I've posted one of the AN suttas in the first grouping in Bhikkhu Bodhi's Thematic Guide, "The Buddha". See link above from 3:39. I will add links as we go through.

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