Monthly Sutra Study
Where and When
Every fourth Saturday of the month from 9:30AM-12PM both in-person and via Zoom. For those who would like to join in person, we will meet at Plymouth Meeting Friends. Directions can be found here: https://philabuddhist.org/directions-to-plymouth-meeting-friends/. For those who would like to join via Zoom, the zoom link will be provided in the email announcement. If you are not signed up to receive our weekly emails, please sign up here: http://eepurl.com/h1xjvz.
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 fourth 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.
May 27, 2023: Piyajatika Sutta: From One Who Is Dear
April 22, 2023: Sedaka Sutta: At Sedaka 1: The Acrobat
March 25, 2023: Brahmavihara Sutta: The Sublime Attitudes
February 25, 2023: Kalama Sutra II: The instruction to the Kalamas: Free Enquiry and Rational Thought
January 28, 2023: Kalama Sutta: The Instruction to the Kalamas: Free Enquiry and Rational Thought
December 24, 2022: Cancelled.
November 26, 2022: Cancelled.
October 22, 2022: The Noble Eightfold Path: Right View , Right Intention and the Holy Life