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And Then the Buddha Said: A Dialectical Approach to Early Buddhism

Online Program
Dates: Jun 05, 2024 - Jun 26, 2024

Instructor(s): Bhikkhu Sujato

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Program Description:

Join us for a four-week program looking at the Buddha in conversation. The suttas record the Buddha’s side of a series of dialogues, but we are often left as if overhearing someone talk on the phone to an unidentified other. Careful analysis reveals details of context that bring the conversation back to life, revealing the Buddha’s detailed knowledge of and interest in the lives of his contemporaries. More than *what* the Buddha taught, this program focuses on *how* he taught. Understanding how he responded to the challenges of his day gives us an insight into how we can respond to the challenges of ours.

This is a freely offered, pay what you can program.

Online Schedule:
This program is hosted on Zoom and closed captions are available. You can check the time of the group sessions in your timezone here: https://www.worldtimebuddy.com. The schedule of Zoom meetings for this program (shown in US Eastern Time) is as follows:

Meeting Times: Wednesdays, 7:00-8:30 PM ET

Meeting Dates: June 5, 12 ,19, 26 

Please note that sessions will not be recorded.

Cancellation Policy:
There are no cancellation fees for donation-based programs.

As we work to become a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive community, we invite feedback/suggestions you may have regarding ways that we can make participation in the program more accessible and welcoming. Please email us at contact@buddhistinquiry.org.
    About the Instructor(s):
  • Bhikkhu Sujato was ordained in 1994 as a Theravāda monk in the Thai forest lineage of Ajahn Chah.  He lived as a monk in Thailand for some years and then returned to his native Australia, serving as abbot of Santi Forest Monastery, which he founded in 2003.  Bhikkhu Sujato is also the co-founder of SuttaCentral, which offers freely available translations of the four Nikāyas, as well as the author of numerous books on early Buddhism.  He has worked to revive the full ordination of nuns in Theravāda traditions and is particularly interested in exploring the path of the Buddha in a time of climate change, globalized consumerism, and political turmoil.