Studying the Middle Length Discourses (Majjhima Nikāya) Study Course – Part C
A 5-week online class taught by Gil Fronsdal, Diana Clark and David Lorey; October 8 – November 11, 2018
Registration deadline: Sept 30, 2018 (MN-Part C Registration Form 2018).
The Middle Length Discourses (Majjhima Nikāya) is one of the most important anthologies of the teachings and religious practices attributed to the Buddha. These rich and dynamic discourses which include the circumstances and people that prompted the Buddha’s teachings, provide context for better understanding the content and nature of early Buddhist teachings. A careful study of this collection can provide a meaningful foundation for the study and practice of Buddhism.
This class, Part C, is the third of a three-part series of online courses on the Middle Length Discourses (Majjhima Nikāya) offered by the Sati Center during 2018. In this part of the course, topics will include (in addition to an introduction to this key canonical text) mindfulness, concentration, nibbāna/nirvana and wisdom. Participating in the first two courses is not required before participating in this third course.
The course consists of weekly readings of discourses (suttas) from the Middle Length Discourses (Majjhima Nikāya) plus study guides written by Gil Fronsdal. These study guides function as the “lectures” for the class, helping to bring the richness of this early literature alive (Sample study guide from an earlier course). In addition, there will be teaching videos and audio recordings of the suttas.
Participants will have access to a Google Drive where the course materials will be located and can participate in an online forum to promote a sense of community and learning which will be in Google Groups.
We will be using Bhikkhu Nanamoli and Bhikkhu Bodhi’s translation of the Majjhima Nikāya, The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha (4th Edition, 2009; Boston: Wisdom Publications; ISBN: 0-86171-072-X).
The course is open to all registrants and freely offered (if you would like to make an online donation to support the Sati Center, please use the PayPal button below).
Sample study guides are available to review to get a sense of the nature, assignments and scope of the course. In addition, we recommend that all participants review the “Introduction” to the Majjhima Nikāya, written by Bhikkhu Bodhi in the course textbook, before the course begins. It both provides a useful overview of the Majjhima Nikāya and gives a sense of the sort of analytic perspective we will be taking in the class.
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