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Invitation to join two online dhamma courses: 'The life of the Buddha' & 'An introduction to Itivuttaka'

Starting June 13th, over 4 weeks

Dhammanet and SuttaCentral have created two free online courses. Each course is a four-part series of discourse and discussion.

1) The life of the Buddha, presented by Bhante S Dhammika: Historical events depicted in the early Buddhist texts

Date: Starting June 14th, over 4 weeks

2) An Introduction to Itivuttaka (Early Buddhist suttas), presented by Bhante Sujato: Based on Khujjuttara’s recollection of Buddha’s discourses

Date: Starting June 13th, over 4 weeks

To enroll for these courses, please use the following: https://learn.dhammanet.org/

Previous courses are archived and freely accessible here: https://learn.dhammanet.org/courses/

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Teachers' biography:

Bhante Shravasti Dhammika

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Bhante Shravasti Dhammika was born in 1951 in Australia and became a monk in India in 1976 under Ven. Matiwella Sangharatana Thera, the last disciple of Anagarika Dharmapala. That same year he went to Sri Lanka and studied Pali at Sri Lanka Vidyalaya in Colombo and later in Kelaniya University. He was one of the co-founders of the Nilambe Meditation Center in Kandy and taught there for several years and later lived and taught in Singapore. Bhante is a well-known speaker and writer. His books and articles having been translated into over 30 languages. After leaving Singapore in 2017, he gave up public teaching and returned to Australia where he now lives.

 

Ajahn Sujato

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Ajahn Sujato, fondly known as Bhante Sujato was born as Antony Best in Perth, Western Australia in 1966 to a liberal Catholic family. Impressed by the profound visions of the world opened up through science, and especially the Theories of Relativity, he rejected his Catholic beliefs while in his teens. Before leaving to Thailand in 1994 he read philosophy and literature at the University of Western Australia. The main influences in Bhante Sujato’s spiritual development have been twofold. This congruence is regarded as the single most important historical clue to the Buddha’s original message, and Bhante Sujato has taken the lead in introducing cross-tradition text studies to the Buddhist community. The second major spiritual influence comes from his two main meditation teachers. From the little-known Thai monk Ajahn Maha Chatchai he learnt the practice of loving-kindness that still forms the backbone of his own meditation and teaching. From Ajahn Brahmavanso he learnt especially how to understand this practice within the overall context of the Buddha’s path. Since 2003 Bhante Sujato has been leading an international team of Buddhist scholars to bring the teachings of the Buddha from all traditions under one domain. As a result of his selfless efforts, today the seekers of the dhamma can freely access the words spoken by the Buddha in many modern languages. Visit SuttaCentral.net for details. SuttaCentral.net is for anyone who wants to learn for themselves what the Buddha taught. The design of SuttaCentral has one razor-sharp focus. That is to remove anything that stands between you and the Buddha's words. From 2015 to 2018 Bhante Sujato lived in isolation and completed translating the Sutta Pitaka from Pali to the English language. Bhante Sujato is a sought-after dhamma teacher and he is continuing help the seekers of Dhamma across the world. Bhante is currently residing in Lokanta Vihara, a humble urban dwelling in Sydney, Australia.

 

 

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