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Dhamma Study Group, Teaching MudraOak Park, IL

What guides our meditation & daily practice of Dhamma? Right Understanding guides the path and itself arises from study & reflection. Consequently, Liberation Park encourages wise study of the Buddha's teaching as found in the Pali Suttas.

This page records the study topics since we moved to Wisconsin.


2006 Topics | 2007 Satipatthana | late 2007 Suttas
2009 Readings (upcoming topics) are here


2006 Classes

October 22, 2006: Sangha: Community of Practice

Sangha: Supporting Good Practice & each Other (MP3)

From Access to Insight:

An FAQ item on Sangha which addresses both the Sutta usage & the common modern usage, which is fairly different.

Worthy qualities & behavior of a bhikkhu (that is, of a sangha member, in one sense of the word)

Importance of kalyanamitta (spiritual friend) (that is, Sangha role in guiding practice)

Guidelines for living in harmony within community

Vinaya for Everyone an essay by Santikaro Bhikkhu

As new forms of "lay sangha" to some degree take the role traditionally provided by monastics, serious lay practitioners need to also develop a fitting Vinaya (code of behavior, ethics, and lifestyle)

Two books by Thich Nhat Hanh

If folks would like to delve into Sangha in the more modern sense of the word:

Friends on the Path: Living Spiritual Communities

Joyfully Together: The Art of Building a Harmonious Community


November 26, 2006: The Three Refuges

"Magnificent, Master Gotama! Magnificent, Master Gotama! The Dhamma has been made clear in many ways by Master Gotama, as though he were turning upright what had been overthrown, revealing the hidden, showing the way to one who was lost, holding up a lamp in the darkness for those with eyes to see forms. We go to Master Gotama for refuge, and to the Dhamma, and to the Sangha of bhikkhus. From today let Master Gotama accept us as followers who have gone to him for refuge for life."

Transcription of talk by Venerable Sister Sundara

Suttas:

"Insight Surpasses All" (AN 9:20, abridged; PDF scanned, apologies for large size)

Anguttara Nikaya 8:39

Anguttara Nikaya 11:12

Audio from Ajahn Buddhdasa:

The Triple Gem in Buddhism (March 1989): Part 1 | Part 2


January 21, 2007: Idappaccayata

Mutual Causality in Buddhism & General Systems Theory by Joanna Macy

SUNY Press, 1991, p. 236. Please focus on Chapters two, three, six & seven


Satipatthana classes (2007)

March 11: Satipatthana - Mindfulness of the Body

Mindfulness with Breathing by Buddhadasa Bhikkhu

Available from Wisdom. Please focus on the 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 - chapter 6.


April 15: Satipatthana - Mindfulness of Feeling

Mindfulness with Breathing by Buddhadasa Bhikkhu

Available from Wisdom. Please focus on the second four lessons covering mindfulness of vedana (feeling) - chapter 5.

Satipatthana by Analayo

Available from Windhorse. Please focus on the chapters covering mindfulness of vedana - chapter 7.


Monday, May 14 - 7:30 pm

Satipatthana: Mindfulness of Feeling (cont.) & Mindfulness of Mind (intro)

Mindfulness with Breathing by Buddhadasa Bhikkhu

Available from Wisdom. Please focus on the chapters covering vedana (feeling) & citta (mind) - chapters 5 & 6.

Satipatthana by Analayo

Available from Windhorse. Please focus on the chapters covering vedana & citta - chapters 7 & 8.


Sunday June 24: Satipatthana: Mindfulness of Mind (Citta)

Mindfulness with Breathing by Buddhadasa Bhikkhu

Available from Wisdom. Please focus on the chapters covering citta - chapter 6.

Satipatthana by Analayo

Available from Windhorse. Please focus on the chapters covering citta - chapter 8.


August 26: Satipatthana - Mindfulness of Dhammas (please note location above!)

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).


Fall 2007 Suttas

September 23

Mahacattarisaka Sutta (MN 117): The Great Forty

Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha, p. 934ff. [This translation is preferred; on-line translation is adequate.]

This session focuses on Path (the fourth noble truth). This wonderful sutta reframes the path in terms of Noble Right Concentration, then explains how all path factors are guided by right understanding, powered by right effort, and watched over by right mindfulness. Further, each factor of the path is discussed on ordinary (mundane) and transcendent levels. This noble path matures into right knowledge and right liberation.

For "extra credit," also take a look at the Mahasalayatanika Sutta (MN 149, MDB p. 1137) for further nuances of path, right understanding, and the noble truths.


October 21

Mahatanhasankhaya Sutta (MN 38): The Greater Discourse on Craving's Destruction

Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha, p. 349ff.

This sutta discusses some of the key ingredients of suffering, along with insights that liberate from suffering. It begins with a famous instance of confusion concerning consciousness that carries over to a new life. The Buddha sorts out this misunderstanding, in the process examining conditionality, 'food,' and dependent co-origination in various ways. It points to the centrality of craving and outlines the process of practice that 'destroys craving.'


December 9

Cula-Sunyata Sutta (MN 121): The Smaller Discourse on Emptiness (alternative translation)

Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha, p. 965ff.

One of my favorite suttas. It provides an important Vipassana approach seldom noticed in the West (as well as traditonal Theravada circles), that utilizes samadhi as well as mindfulness. Through increasingly subtle fields of perception, the practitioner follows a "genuine, undistorted, pure descent into voidness" that culminates in the supreme, unsurpassed voidness (Nibbana). In fact, the insight process mapped out here is more in keeping with what the suttas usually teach than the popular vipassana practices of today.


Core Dhamma Study Syllabus (March - September 2006)

Sutta Study Readings: 2004 | 2006