Online Sutta Study: Middle-length Discourses of the Buddha with Gil Fronsdal, Diana Clark and David Lorey

Studying the Middle Length Discourses (Majjhima Nikāya) Study Course – Part B

A 6-week online class taught by Gil Fronsdal, Diana Clark and David Lorey;  July 9 – August 18, 2018

To register please complete this very brief registration form (MN-Part B Course Registration Form 2018) and email it to by July 2, 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 B, is the second of a three-part series of online courses on the Middle Length Discourses (Majjhima Nikāya) to be offered by the Sati Center in 2018.  In this part of the course, topics will include (in addition to an introduction to this key canonical text) karma and rebirth; training in community; happiness, sensuality and renunciation; and effort in training.  (The Sati Center anticipates offering Part C in Fall 2018.)

The course consists of weekly short videos, audio recordings, 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 (see sample study guides here: Introductory Study Guide for Training in Community and Study Guide MN 48 -2018).

Participants will have access to a Google Drive where the study guides 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, 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.

To register please complete this very brief registration form (MN-Part B Course Registration Form 2018) and email it to by July 2, 2018.

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