Teachings of the Buddha Course with Nick Scott
October 21 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
This course will be held on monthly Monday evenings at 7.30pm, beginning on October 21st.
We will work our way through the basic Buddhist teachings, starting with the
Four Noble Truths, and eventually move on to the more difficult ones. For each meeting
there will be a couple of short pieces of text to read from teachings by Ajahn Sumedho,
Ajahn Chah, Ajahn Amaro, Ajahn Sucitto, etc, or occasionally something from outside this
lineage or an actual Buddhist sutta, and usually there will also be a recorded talk that can be
listened to, if you have time. We then discuss what we have read together and how we
might use the teachings in our practise.
Each Monday evening will start with thirty minutes meditation followed by an hour of
discussion, which can overrun but is then optional. This is not an academic course but
about trying to understand the teachings in the way the Buddha intended – as a means for
reflection in our practise, as an aid to insight. We will take the teachings slowly and try to
delve into everything, so we can understand both what the Buddha is trying to convey and
how that feels and works for each of us. The amount of reading will never be large (you can
read the essential part in less than an hour). Also the group will not be large so everyone
has an opportunity to speak, and to get to know each other.
We will send out the readings for each meeting by e-mail so you will need to either have an
e-mail address or have someone who can receive it for you. Each month’s main text will
come from a free distribution book or booklet that you can get from Sunyata (we start with
Ajahn Sumedho’s The Four Noble Truths). The other pieces of text are usually in similar
books, such as Ajahn Sucitto’s new book on meditation. All of those I suggest can also be
downloaded from websites I will give in the monthly e-mail, as can the talks.
The course is open to anyone who has a daily meditation practise or is trying to establish
one, and is willing to commit to coming to a meeting once a month. It is not for people new
to meditation or for those who just want to study or discuss Buddhism. It will run for five
monthly meetings initially and if it works, then continue for another two or three.