It's my greatest pleasure to present to you:
Exploring the Word of the Buddha
A Study and Practice Course in the Pali Suttas
with Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi and Ven.Thanissaro Bhikkhu
The Pali suttas are one of our oldest sources for the original teachings of the Buddha, who lived and taught in India in the fifth century B.C.
This course will focus on a systematic study of the suttas, using as a primary textbook Bhikkhu Bodhi’s anthology, In the Buddha’s Words. Ven.Thanissaro Bhikkhu will expound in detail the meditation methods described in the suttas, and their practical application. The course will aim to reveal the scope and depth of the Buddha’s original teachings, which cover a wide variety of topics ranging from family life and marriage to ethics, mind-training, insight, and liberation. The course will be suitable both for relative newcomers to Buddhism as well as for more advanced students who wish to study the Dhamma from the most ancient sources.
Basic text: Bhikkhu Bodhi, editor: In the Buddha’s Words (Wisdom Publications).
Note: For the first class students should read, In the Buddha’s Words Introduction and Chapter one.
Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi is originally from New York City and obtained a PhD in philosophy from Claremont Graduate School in 1972. In late 1972, he traveled to Sri Lanka, where he was ordained as a Buddhist monk. He was the editor for the Buddhist Publication Society in Kandy, Sri Lanka, from 1984 until 2002. He has edited Ven. Nanamoli's translation of the Majjhima Nikaya (Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha, 1995), translated the Samyutta Nikaya (Connected Discourses of the Buddha, 2000), and compiled an anthology of suttas from the Pali Canon (In the Buddha's Words, 2005). From 2002 to early 2007 he lived at Bodhi Monastery in Sussex County, New Jersey. He now resides at Chuang Yen Monastery.
Ṭhānissaro Bhikkhu, also known as Ajaan Geoff, (born 1949) is an American Buddhist monk of the Dhammayut Order (Dhammayutika Nikaya), Thai forest kammatthana tradition. He is currently the abbot of Metta Forest Monastery in San Diego County. Ṭhānissaro Bhikkhu is considered one of the foremost experts in the Pāli language and of the Pāli Canon. He is also the author of many free Dhamma books. In 1995, Ajaan Geoff became the first American born, non-Thai bhikkhu to be given the title, authority, and responsibility of Preceptor (Upajjhaya) in the Dhammayut Order. He also serves as Treasurer of that Order in the United States of America.
There is no charge for the courses. Donations for the Bodhi and Metta Forest monasteries are welcome.
Online registration starts today on this webpage.
Registered participants will be given access to the private section of this forum, dedicated to the interaction of course participants, textual, audio and video materials.