Where and When

Every first Saturday of the month from 9:30AM-12PM at our Radnor Friends Location.

The Sutras are threads (the literal meaning of the word ‘sutra’) of the Buddha’s teachings that were recorded and authenticated by his 500 disciples after his final Nirvana. In Sutra Study, we read the words of the Buddha, the enlightened one, and apply his teachings to the circumstances of our lives. We read a sutra, sit with the words and examine them ourselves. This is the most direct and intimate way to learn about Buddhism, rather than going through the interpretations of second-hand sources.

We meet in the morning of the first Saturday of every month. We practice sitting meditation for 20 minutes, from 9:30 AM to 9:50 AM, and start the Sutra Study from 10 AM to 12 PM. A link to the monthly reading will be posted below and on our calendar. We encourage attendees to come prepared to share their understandings, realizations and/or questions of the assigned sutra passage and how it applies to their daily practices and lives.

The Sutra Study is free and all are welcome to attend. No prior Buddhist knowledge or experience is necessary.

Sutra Study Schedule


Saturday, October 3, 2020:
The Simile of the Cloth: Vatthūpama Sutta (MN 7)
Led by Curtis Key


Saturday, September 5, 2020:
Bankei Zen: Translations from the Record of Bankei.
Led by Julianna Lipschutz
The sections that we will be studying are as follows, please spend some time with them before we meet on Saturday:

p. 4   Listen carefully
p. 9   I’m ready to be your witness
p. 17 Growing up deluded
p. 19 Thirty days in the Unborn
p. 20 “The Kappa”
p. 21 Don’t beat sleeping monks
p. 24 Self-centeredness
p. 26 Getting sidetracked
p. 27 Self-power/other-power
p. 28 Everybody has the Buddha Mind
p. 32 Being living buddhas
Saturday, August 1, 2020:
The Factors of Concentration. Samādhaṅga Sutta  (AN 5:28)
Translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu
Led by Curtis Key

Saturday, July 4, 2020:

The One Hundred Parable Sutra: http://www.buddhistdoor.com/OldWeb/resources/sutras/fable_sutra.htm
Translated by Tetcheng Liao
Led by Curtis Key

Saturday, June 6, 2020:

The Greater Discourse on Emptiness Maha Sunnata Sutta (MN 122)
Translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu
Led by Curtis Key

Saturday, May 2, 2020:

The Shorter Discourse on Emptiness. Cūḷa Suññata Sutta  (MN 121)
here: https://www.dhammatalks.org/suttas/MN/MN121.html
Translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu
Led by Curtis Key

Saturday, March 7, 2020:

The Khuddakapatha: The Short Passages
Translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu
Led by Curtis Key

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Kimsuka Sutta: The Riddle Tree
SN 35.204
Translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu
Led by Caitlin Stormont

Saturday, January 4, 2020

MN 27: Cula-hatthipadopama Sutta: The Shorter Elephant Footprint Simile
Translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu
Led by Mary Cook

Saturday, November 2, 2019

MN 19: Dvedhavitakka Sutta: Two Sorts of Thinking
Translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Saturday, October 5, 2019

AN 10.60. Girimananda Sutta: Discourse to Girimananda Thera
Translated by Piyadassi Thera

Saturday, September 7, 2019

MN 118: Anapanasati Sutta: Mindfulness of Breathing
Translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Saturday, August 3, 2019

DN 16 PTS: D ii 137 chapters 5-6. Maha-parinibbana Sutta: The Great Discourse on the Total Unbinding
Translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu
https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/dn/dn.16.5- 6.than.html#chap5

Saturday, June 1, 2019
MN 86. Angulimala Sutta: About Angulimala
Translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu
https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/mn/mn.086.than. html

Saturday, May 4th 20, 2019
MN 9. Sammaditthi Sutta: Right View
Translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Saturday, April 20, 2019
SN 56.11. Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta: Setting the Wheel of Dhamma in Motion
Translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Saturday, March 2, 2019
Anapanasati Sutta: Mindfulness of Breathing

Saturday, February 2, 2019
MN 61. Ambalatthika-rahulovada Sutta: Instructions to Rahula at Mango Stone

MN 14. Cula-dukkhakkhandha Sutta: The Lesser Mass of Stress

MN36. Maha-Saccaka Sutta: The Longer Discourse to Saccaka
Translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Saturday, January 5, 2019
AN 4.111: Kesi Sutta: To Kesi the Horsetrainer
Translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Saturday, November 3, 2018
MN 1. Mulapariyaya Sutta. The Root of All Things
Translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Saturday, October 13, 2018
Jaravagga: Aging, Dhp XI PTS: Dhp 146-156
Translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Saturday, September 8, 2018
Selections from the Maha-parinibbana Sutta: Last Days of the Buddha
Translated by Sister Vajira & Francis Story
https://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/dn/dn.16.1- 6.vaji.html

Saturday, August 11, 2018
Anguttara Nikaya, AN 5.57: The Five Daily Recollections
Translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Saturday, July 14, 2018
Abhaya Sutta. An 4:18. Fearless
Translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Saturday, June 9, 2018
MN 21 Kakacupama Sutta: The Simile of the Saw
Translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Saturday, May 12, 2018
AN 3.65 Kalama Sutta: To the Kalamas
Translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Saturday, April 14, 2018
MN 58. Abhaya Sutta: To Prince Abhaya On Right Speech
Translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Saturday, March 10, 2018
. Sutra: “Diamond Sutra”, specifically the following chapters:
Chapter 6
Chapter 8
Chapter 14
Chapter 17
Chapter 22
Chapter 23
Chapter 28
Chapter 32

Saturday, February 10, 2018
Atthaka Vagga, Part 2

Sn 4.10 Purabheda Sutta: Before the Break-up of the Body

Sn 4.11 Kalaha-vivada Sutta: Quarrels & Disputes

Translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Atthaka Vagga, Part 1:

Sn 4.2 Guhatthaka Sutta: The Cave of the Body

Translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Saturday, December 9, 2017
Anguttara Nikaya, 3.65. “Kalama Sutta: To the Kalamas”
Translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Saturday, November 11, 2017
.Sutra: The Lion’s Roar
translated by Sister Upalavanna

Saturday, October 14, 2017
. Sutra: Discourse on the Five Ways of Putting an End to Anger
translated by Thich Hhat Hanh​

Saturday, September 9,