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Studying the Buddha’s Words @ CYM (Carmel)

The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha

A Course in the Majjhima Nikaya with Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi

An in-depth study of the important text,The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha (Wisdom Publications).The class startsat 9:00 am with a 50-minutesilent meditation. This is followed at 10 am by a talkona sutta (teaching of Buddha),til 11:20 am, with time for questions. A discussion period with Ven. Bodhiis held after lunch, from 12:15 to 12:45 pm.Newcomers are welcome. If you cannot attend the class in person, you can follow the class by livestream at: of the class are posted during the following week on Youtube at:

Schedule for April through June 2014:

Date Sutta No. Sutta Title Main Topic
April 5th


The Sixfold Purity How arahantsdeclare attainment
April 12th


The Good Man The contrast between a good per­son and a bad person.
April 26th


To Be Cultivated & Not Cultivated A wide range of ethical practices to be avoided and to be practiced.
May 10th


Many Kinds of Elements Elements, sense bases, dependent origination, etc.
May 31st


The Great Forty – Part 1 The two kinds of eightfold path
June 7th


The Great Forty – Part 2 The two kinds of eightfold path
June 14th


Mindfulness of Breathing – Part 1 On mindfulness of breathing
June 21st


Mindfulness of Breathing – Part 2 On mindfulness of breathing
June 28th


Mindfulness of the Body On mindfulness of the body



Reference Material: (1) Basic Meditation Guidance ; (2) Sharing the Merits

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8/30/2013 – 9/2/2013 Abhidhamma Study Retreat

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Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi sent prayer in Catholic Church

Members of at least eight distinct faith groups, including Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, Presbyterian, Episcopal, the Bruderhof and Roman Catholic, convened for an Interfaith Harmony Prayer Service on Sunday, March 25, 2012.

Open to the public, the service was held at Annunciation Chapel, Maryknoll Sister Center in Ossining, NY.

The service is sponsored jointly by the Maryknoll Sisters, Fathers and Brothers, in conjunction with their Centennial celebrations (Fathers & Brothers in 2011; Maryknoll Sisters in 2012) and seeks to promote harmony and peace among various traditions through prayer.

Participants in the prayer service, each of whom contributed a prayer or song from their faith tradition.

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2010/8/29 Dharma Talk: A Buddhist Diagnosis of the Climate Crisis

2pm / Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi

Climate change, or global warming, hasn’t been receiving much attention in the national media these days, but this doesn’t mean that the problem has been licked. Far from it. Climate change may indeed be the most serious crisis facing the world today. Unlike a cyclone or earthquake, however, climate change does not break suddenly; rather, it increases gradually, almost imperceptibly, and thus its full impact probably won’t become apparent for decades. Nevertheless, if we are to prevent the worst consequences, we have to start working on it now, otherwise we will have to face sheer catastrophe.

Does Buddhism have anything to contribute to our understanding of global warming? And can it offer any remedies?  In this lecture Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi will look at global warming from a Buddhist point of view, exploring its causes and explaining how Buddhism might offer an antidote.

Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi, born in New York,  has been a Buddhist monk since 1972. He is a world-renowned scholar and has translated many Buddhist texts from the Pali Canon into English. In recent years, he has turned his attention to the issue of world poverty. In 2008, together with his students,  he founded “Buddhist Global Relief” (BGR) to assist people throughout the world afflicted with chronic hunger. BGR has launched almost twenty projects in South Asia, Central Asia, and Africa.

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Live TV with Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi & Past Classes Video Clips

Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi, originally from New York City, has been a Buddhist monk since 1972. He was the editor for the Buddhist Publication Society in Sri Lanka, from 1984 until 2002. He has edited Ven. Nanamoli’s translation of the Majjhima Nikaya (Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha), translated the Samyutta Nikaya (Connected Discourses of the Buddha), and compiled an anthology from the Pali Canon (In the Buddha’s Words). He now resides at Chuang Yen Monastery and teaches there and at Bodhi Monastery in Lafayette, New Jersey.

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Exploring the Word of the Buddha (mp3)

Audio recordings of Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi



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