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The purpose of this group is to meet and explore the original discourses (suttas) of the Buddha. We will focus on the English translations of the Pali Canon, which is the collection of primary Pali language texts which form the doctrinal foundation of Theravada Buddhism. We will study different aspects of the spiritual path, from practical to profound. Together, we will explore the context and guide and inspire each other. This will be a very relaxed and informal process. Our aim will be to find relevance to our daily lives in these ancient teachings. Together the group will take turns—or one can just listen—reading portions of the text. We can discuss it in sections, people can comment, invite feedback, or ask questions.

We will plan on also focusing some of our meeting on meditation—the closing 10-15 minutes.

In keeping with the Buddhist tradition of generosity, the group facilitator will organize the study group free of charge, and will not be paid for their services. Donations are accepted, but not required at all. All are welcome, with no expectations or strings attached.

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Simsapa Grove Buddhist Sutta Study

Albany Public Library

We will begin our studies with the Sammaditthi Sutta: The Discourse on Right View. This sutta is the 9th in the Majjhima Nikaya, the "Collection of Middle-length Discourses." Right view is an essential foundation for the entire Buddhist path. It helps us to understand our starting point, our destination, and the checkpoints along the way. "To attempt to engage in the practice without a foundation of right view is to risk getting lost in the futility of undirected movement." - Bhikkhu Bodhi Printouts will be provided. If you have any questions please reach out. Will will end the session with a guided meditation. The purpose of this group is to meet once a month and explore the original discourses (suttas) of the Buddha. We will focus on the English translations of the Pali Canon, which is the collection of primary Pali language texts which form the doctrinal foundation of Theravada Buddhism. We will study different aspects of the spiritual path, from practical to profound. Together, we will explore the context and guide and inspire each other. This will be a very relaxed and informal process. Our aim will be to find relevance to our daily lives in these ancient teachings. Together the group will take turns—or one can just listen—reading portions of the text. We can discuss it in sections, people can comment, invite feedback, or ask questions. This meeting is limited to 10 people, if there ends up being more people who want to join us, I will book a larger room next time around. In keeping with the Buddhist tradition of generosity, the group facilitator will organize the study group free of charge, and will not be paid for their services. Donations are accepted, but not required at all. All are welcome, with no expectations or strings attached. Click Here To Donate (https://albanysuttastudy.wordpress.com/support-simsapa-grove/)

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