Mahanama Sutta and Anathapindikovada Sutta

This week, I have selected two suttas – Mahanama Sutta (SN 55.21) and Anathapindikovada Sutta (MN 143) – that pertain to the fear of death and dying. Hopefully, these two suttas will serve as a starting point for further discussion on this often taboo subject.

Mahanama and Anathapindikovada Sutta

Perhaps we can have a lively discussion on this.

See you this Friday.

 

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Sakkapanha Sutta

This Friday, we will resume our sutta discussion with DN 21 (Sakkapanha Sutta). This is a very long and interesting sutta where Sakka Devaraja, the king of the 33 in the heavenly realm, asked the Buddha a series of questions that are very useful for dhamma practitioners.

DN 21 Sakkapanha Sutta

Please download and print out this sutta and bring it along for the discussion.

See you then.

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The Conditioned Mind

In our sutta discussion last Friday, we talked briefly on the conditioned mind.

This Friday, I would like to spend some time discussing about the conditioned mind. Hopefully, this discussion will help us learn more about what a conditioned mind is, what are its characteristics, how it continues to perpetuate itself and how we can best manage it.

Having familiarise ourselves with the conditioned mind, perhaps we can then understand better the nature of the unconditioned mind.

Hope to see you tomorrow.

NOTE: Download a write-up on The Conditioned Mind here

The Conditioned Mind

 

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Programme for Wesak 2015

Below is the programme for our 2015 Wesak celebration.

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Indriyabhavana Sutta

This Friday we will discuss the Indriyabhavana Sutta, the last sutta in the Majjhima Nikaya. In this sutta, the Buddha explained the right way to develop the faculties in relation to the sense organs and the mind.

10 MN 152 Indriyabhavana Sutta

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Ganakamoggallana Sutta

This Friday’s sutta discussion will be on Ganakamoggallana Sutta, the 107th sutta in the Majjhima Nikaya. This sutta is a conversation between a brahman and the Buddha, on the steps in the gradual training of his teachings.

MN 107 Ganakamoggallana Sutta

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Samanamundika Sutta

This Friday’s sutta discussion will be on Samanamundika Sutta. This sutta taught us how unskillful mental habits are made and the method to stop them.

MN 78 SamanaMundika Sutta

If we have time, we will also discuss the Anangana Sutta, which talks about types of persons with blemishes.

8 MN 5 Anangana Sutta

See you then.

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Sankharuppatti Sutta

This week’s sutta discussion will be on MN 120 Sankharuppatti Sutta (Rebirth according to Aspiration or Volition). This sutta is interesting in that it shows how one can be reborn in a realm of one’s choice, with the proper cultivation. It also reveals the various realms or planes of existence in the Buddhist cosmology.

7 MN 120 Sankharuppatti Sutta

Also, I have included here last week’s extra sutta discussion on the Avijja Sutta (AN 10.61).

6 AN 10.61 Avijja Sutta

See you then.

 

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Kimatthiya and Cetanakaraniya Suttas

This Friday, we will be discussing two related suttas:

1. AN 10.1 Kimatthiya Sutta
2. AN 10.2 Cetanakaraniya Sutta

The first sutta touches on the purpose of good moral conduct (sila) and the second sutta talks about volition or will. These are important suttas for our practice.

See you then.

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Announcement: Notice of AGM 2015

Notice is hereby given for the date, time and venue of our 2015 AGM.

Kindly click on the link below for full details:

Notice of AGM and Annual Report 2014 Final Version

Your attendance is important for us to continue serving you well.

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