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 starts at 9:00 am with a 50-minute silent meditation. This is followed at 10 am by a talk on a sutta (teaching of Buddha), til 11:20 am, with time for questions. A discussion period with Ven. Bodhi is held after lunch, from 12:15 to 12:45 pm. Newcomers are welcome.
Schedule for October through December 2013:
Long Discourse on Full-Moon Night–Part 2
On the five aggregates
No class for several weeks due to BGR walks.
Short Discourse on Full-Moon Night
On good & bad conduct
One by One As They Occurred
Sāriputta’s path of meditation
The Sixfold Purity
How an arahant declares attainment
The Good Man
The contrast between a good person and a bad person.
To Be Cultivated & Not Cultivated
A wide range of ethical practices to be avoided and to be practiced.
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.
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.
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.