September 30, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Studying the Words of the Buddha: Ongoing Classes on the Middle Length Discourses with Gil Fronsdal and Diana Clark

Intermittent Thursdays, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. with an optional extended Q&A session 4:30 – 5:00 p.m. Pacific time.

On Zoom with Live Attendance welcome for who can attend in-person at IMC  [Update: IMC is not open for in-person meetings at this time]

First Series: August 5, 19, 26, and September 9, 2021
Second Series: September 30, October 14, 21, 28, 2021

Theme for the first series: Relating to the Teachings
Theme for the second series: Faith

This ongoing course will provide a progressive and systematic study of the Middle Length Discourses (Majjhima Nikāya), one of the most important collections of the Buddha’s teachings. The series will be organized thematically with 3-4 weeks devoted to discussing discourses related to each theme.

The themes covered will be Relating to the Teachings, Faith, the Path, the Buddha, Karma, Rebirth, Effort and Training, Training in Community, Happiness and Sensuality, Mindfulness, Concentration, Wisdom, Attainments, and Nibbana.

Participants will be expected to have read and reflected on the readings assigned for each class. Study guides will be provided to lay the foundation of informed readings of the texts. The classes will be devoted to both short lectures on the assigned readings and to discussion.

The dates will be intermittent depending on when the instructors are available.

The course is suitable for people who have acquired a good understanding of the basic Buddhist teachings and practices. It is designed for people who have the time and motivation to read the assigned readings before class. You will need to have access to a copy of Bhikkhu Ñāṇamoli and Bhikkhu Bodhi’s, The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha (Wisdom Publishing).

Please register here so we can send you future dates, the assignments, and the study guides for each class. You will also receive the Zoom link.