This contesting has serious implications for what the Buddha actually taught; which means it has serious implications for how we today understand what the Buddha actually taught.
This course will take an in-depth look at "Sutta Archeology" - discussing what in general we can use to determine the stratification of suttas and then looking in depth at suttas on three topics to see what we can discover about suttas that are early, or are late," or those we just don't have enough information to determine.
This course is divided into three sections: suttas that provide biographical information about the Buddha; suttas that deal with Dependent Origination; and suttas that deal with the nature of the Buddhist community. The hope of the program is to come out with a more nuanced (and more sympathetic) understanding of the historical person, the teachings, and the community. These discussions will be interspersed by formal meditation practice.
Teacher: Leigh Brasington
Topic: Sutta Archeology: Buddha, Dhamma, Sangha
Dates: 4 - 7 April 2015
Place: Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, Barre, Mass. Photos
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