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Insight Chicago in Rogers Park

Monday evenings at 7 pm every week

4636 N. Ravenswood Ave, Suite 201, Chicago, IL  60640

(new location, click for directions) look for "Bulldog Lock Co."


Upcoming Session with Santikaro: Monday April 27 at 7:00 pm

Busyness & Noble Truths (part 3)

The last two times (see below), we inquired into the meaning, nature, and forms of the busyness so many of us struggle with. We also considered the causes and conditions of such busyness. The framework for this inquiry is the Fourfold Noble Truth (ariya-sacca). On January 12th, we primarily considered the first and second noble truths. Then, we will look further into the third and fourth noble truths regarding busyness. What does the "quenching of busyness" mean? What would it look & feel like?

This time, we will look further into the path on "non-busyness" might be. How might we live so that busyness is not a burden? so that busyness has no meaning? While we draw on core Dhamma teachings to inform this inquiry, we do not assume the answers are obvious or settled. Rather, each of us must get to the bottom of our own busyness and dukkha that they may arise from it.

Please review this information.

Monday January 12, 2009

MP3 recording of this talk (7.9 mb).

Monday February 17, 2009

MP3 recording of this talk will be posted.

Also:

I'm developing a new study program for friends in Lawrence, KS. It will include new and old talks, readings, and references to other web resources. For now, its focus is Practicing with the Four Noble Truths. If interested, you can follow along here.


a few more details

Santikaro joins the Insight Chicago sittings in Rogers Park about once a month. On those nights, the group intends to focus clearly on the Dhamma, with talks on specific topics or teachings, usually with reference to the Pali suttas and the teaching of Ajahn Buddhadasa Bhikkhu.

We will begin sitting promptly at 7:00 pm.  We will sit for 30 minutes, after which Santikaro will give a Dhamma talk for 40 minutes or so.  This will leave us an hour or so for discussion, including 30 minutes dedicated to practice questions. We will plan to end the evening by 9:30.

As always, there will be an opportunity to offer dana. This is an opportunity to express our appreciation for Santikaro's generosity in offering the teachings and his time with us.  The dana box is on the round table in the living room.

Please bring a cushion (if you like to sit on the floor), and remember to be at the house by 6:55 pm!  The door will be left open for late comers to quietly slip in and join us.  But please try to be prompt.  Many thanks.

Looking forward to seeing you.

With metta,

Insight Chicago Friends & Hosts


2008 Sessions

April, May, & June 2008

We discussed drafts of Buddhism in All Aspects, a new translation that Santikaro is working on. The core of this new book is Ajahn Buddhadasa's explanation of what he takes to be the original paticca-samuppada (dependent co-origination) teachings of the Buddha. We hope that it will be published in 2009.

June 30th 2008 session focused on Sangha

The Kosambians (MN 48): The Middle Length Discourses translation recommended; otherwise (online).

The Buddha's response to a petty quarrel among monks that escalated to take over a town. Qualities that sustain Sangha allow healthy Sangha to nurture and support Right Understanding.

Mahaparinibbana Sutta (DN 16): Part 1

The opening section of this famous sutta has a number of teachings concerning Sangha. While they are phrased in terms of the monks, the principles apply to any Sangha of Good Practice. Note especially:

Six Conditions to be Remembered (para 11)
Welfare of the Bhikkhus (para 6)
Seven Good Qualities (para 8)


2007 Series on the 4 Applications of Mindfulness

January 22 - Mindful Contemplation of Bodies

Mindfulness with Breathing by Buddhadasa Bhikkhu

Available from Wisdom. Please focus on the first four lessons covering mindfulness of the body (chapters 3 & 4).

Satipatthana by Analayo

Available from Windhorse. Please focus on the chapters covering mindfulness of the body.

March 12 - Mindful Contemplation of Bodies continued

We will focus on some of the body practices discussed in the Satipatthana Suttas, as well as responding to specific questions concerning Mindfulness with Breathing (see readings above).

If you like, read one of the translations of the Satipatthana Suttas, such as, MN 10 by Thanissaro Bhikkhu or by Soma Thera. The text of this sutta is identical to that of the Maha-satipatthana Sutta (DN 22), except that the latter contains a more detailed exposition of the Four Noble Truths (sections 5a,b,c and d in part D of that version). Other translations are in print.

April 16 session - Mindful Contemplation of Feelings (Vedana)

Mindfulness with Breathing by Buddhadasa Bhikkhu

Please focus on the lessons covering mindfulness of feeling (Chapter 5). Also, review previous readings regarding "all bodies."

Satipatthana by Analayo

Please focus on Chapter VII covering mindfulness of feeling.

June 25 - Mindful Contemplation of Vedana continued

Please review the readings from last time, focussing on unpleasant feelings (Analayo) and calming the feelings (Buddhadasa).

If you wish, look ahead to the readings covering mindfulness of mind (below).

September 24 - Mindful Contemplation of Mind (Citta)

Mindfulness with Breathing by Buddhadasa Bhikkhu

Please focus on the lessons covering mindfulness of mind (Chapter 6).

Satipatthana by Analayo

Please focus on Chapter VIII covering mindfulness of mind.

October 22 - Mindfulness of Dhammas

Mindfulness with Breathing by Buddhadasa Bhikkhu

Available from Wisdom. Please focus on the four lessons covering mindfulness of Dhammas (chapter 7 & 8).

Satipatthana by Analayo

Available from Windhorse. Please focus on the chapters covering mindfulness of Dhammas (chapters 9-13).

December 10 - Mindfulness of Dhammas (conclusion ... almost)

Our discussion will emphasize the practice of these teachings on the cushion and in ordinary life.

Mindfulness with Breathing by Buddhadasa Bhikkhu

Please focus on the four lessons covering mindfulness of Dhammas (chapter 7 & 8).

Satipatthana by Analayo

Please focus on Chapter X (Aggregates).

January 21 - Mindfulness of Dhammas (conclusion)

Satipatthana by Analayo

Please focus on Chapter XI (Sense Bases). We will again focus on how to practice this section.

This will conclude our series on the Applications of Mindfulness.


2006 Topics

April 17: Clinging (Upadana)

The Four Noble Truths, Ajahn Sumedho (Amaravati Publications, 1992) available in PDF from BuddhaNet.

The Mind Like Fire Unbound, Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Dhamma Dana Publications, 1993) available at Access to Insight.


May 15: Craving & Being/Becoming as they relate to Clinging

Please read the first and at least one of the others.

Itivutakka, The Group of Ones, Sutta 15

Thanissaro (Sutta 15 is included here)

The Greater Discourse on the Destruction of Craving (MN 38)

MDB p. 349 ff (note paragraphs 9-14 and 26-30)

Nibbedhika Sutta (AN VI.63)

Penetrative (Thanissaro translation)

Mahasatipatthana Sutta (DN 22), Section on Four Noble Truths

LDB, p. 344 ff. | Thanissaro translation, especially D.5 a & b


June 12: Sense Contact & Feeling

We will consider how sense experience & feeling are involved with craving, clinging. identity, and suffering. There are all kinds of Suttas on this experiential hub of the dependent co-arising of dukkha. Just look them up in the index of whichever translation you have at hand. On-line:

Culavedalla Sutta, MDB #44

Chachakka Sutta,MDB #148


July 10th: Ignorance (Avijja)

We will explore the role of not-knowing, misunderstanding, and incorrect knowledge as they play out in the topics discussed in recent sessions: sense contact, feeling, craving, clinging, becoming, and egoistic birth.


August 21 & September 18: The Five Hindrances (Nivarana)

October: On-going discussions on practicing with the hindrances

November 27: Concluding discussion on practicing with the hindrances