|Two New Courses at the London Buddhist Vihara|
An Introduction to Buddhism and Selected Discourses of the Buddha
There are two courses starting in January at the London Buddhist Vihara on the Avenue in Chiswick.
An Introduction to Buddhism is an 8 week course starting 7pm Monday 26th January. The tutor ia Julian Wall. Enrol at the class on first day of attendance. There is no charge but donations are welcome.
26th January - Pre Buddhist India
Selected Discourses of the Buddha is a nine week course taught by Richard Jones. It starts on 15th January and, once again, there is no charge but donations are welcome. Sessions run from 7pm - 9pm.
15 & 22 January 2015 - Sammaditthi Sutta The Discourse on Right View. How the four noble truths, dependent origination, and the knowledge that ends mental fermentation (asavas) all build upon the basic dichotomy between skillful and unskillful action.
29 January & 5 February 2015 - Alagaddupama Sutta The Snake Simile/The Water-Snake Simile. Using two famous similes, the Buddha shows how the development of right view calls for the skillful application both of grasping and of letting-go. The sutta includes one of the Canon's most important expositions on the topic of not-self.
19 & 26 February - Satipatthana Sutta The Foundations of Mindfulness/The Discourse on the Arousing of Mindfulness/Frames of Reference. The Buddha's comprehensive practical instructions on the development of mindfulness as the basis for insight.
5 March - Sabbasava Sutta Discourse on all the Asavas (fermentations). The Buddha teaches seven methods for eliminating from the mind the deeply-rooted defilements (sensuality, becoming, views and ignorance) that obstruct the realisation of Awakening.
12 March - Ambalatthika-rahulovada Sutta Instructions to Rahula at Mango Stone. The Buddha admonishes his son, the novice Rahula, on the dangers of lying and stresses the importance of constant reflection on one's motives.
December 30, 2014