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Evening Talk with Bhante Sujato "SuttaCentral and the Early Buddhist Texts, Translations and Parallels"

Monday, November 18th

We are delighted to invite you to an evening talk with Bhante Sujato from Australia. He will talk about SuttaCentral, a vast project he co-founded, dedicated to the Early Buddhist Texts, their translations and parallels.

In their own words: "The wisdom of the Buddha has been preserved in a vast ocean of ancient texts. Many of these scriptures have now been translated into the world’s languages. SuttaCentral brings these together and makes them freely available. Setting aside the boundaries of language and tradition, we let the Buddha speak for himself.

SuttaCentral aims at facilitating the study of Buddhist texts from comparative and historical perspectives. It focuses on the texts that represent “Early Buddhism”, texts preserved not only in the Pali Sutta and Vinaya Piáš­akas but also in Chinese and Tibetan translations and in fragmentary remains in Sanskrit and other languages.

SuttaCentral offers a gateway to this material by enabling users to quickly identify the Chinese, Tibetan, and/or Sanskrit parallels of any given Pali discourse, or vice versa. Having found that information, one can consult the actual texts or view available translations.

While the website is our main focus, we also publish some texts in book form.

SuttaCentral is under constant development and updates are made regularly."


Venue: The Psychological Society of Ireland, Grantham House, Grantham Street, Dublin 8, D08 W8HD Map. The room will be on the 2nd floor.

Date: Monday, November 18th, 2019

Time & Schedule: 7-9pm, registration starts at 6:30pm (if possible, please be sitted before the start of the talk at 7pm)

  • 6:30pm Registration
  • 7:00pm Talk
  • 8:00pm Q&A
  • 8:30pm Tea
  • 9:00pm End

Free event (no fees)

Registration: Please register using this form.

Useful links:
SuttaCentral Introductory Video (2’)
Bhante Sujato interview about SuttaCentral - The Spirit of things (53’52")
SuttaCentral website
SuttaCentral forum


Bhante Sujato

Bhikkhu Sujato is an Australian Buddhist teacher and monk, who studies Buddhism in the forest monks tradition of Thailand. His main influences are the forest tradition, with its strict practice of the monk's discipline of Vinaya, the study of the early Buddhist sutras, and the practice of loving kindness which he learnt from Ajahn Maha Chatchai. In his studies of the early sutras he was struck by the parallel texts preserved in the Sansrkit, Chinese, and Tibetan texts, which he has presented as evidence that much of the original teachings of the Buddha were accurately preserved in these sutras. He also has a special interest in the ordination of women and the revival of the Bhikkhuni ordination in the Therevadhan traditions. He has founded Santi Forest Monastery in 2003 and served as its abbot. He resigned as abbot, ceasing his duties in 2012, to work on translation of the sutras into English, as one of the three founders of Sutta Central.

(biography courtesy of Encyclopedia of Buddhism)














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