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Foundational Pali Suttas
with Ven. Douglas Cheolsoeng Gentile

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The earliest written teachings of the historical Buddha were written in the Pali language, a language similar to the one the Buddha spoke. Although the Mahayana sutras and texts often reference the Pali sutras (or suttas, in Pali), we are then hearing someone's interpretation of the Buddha's words. It is instructive to go back to the originals to see the richness that sometimes gets lost when we summarize the teachings. There are thousands of Pali sutras, so this course will just be a beginning intro. The sutras chosen are particularly interesting, useful, or foundational for the teachings and expressions of the Dharma that came later.


Monday evenings 7pm - 8:30pm EST

This offering will take place Online via Zoom over 4 sessions

Session 1: October 16thDhammacakkappavattana Sutta, SN 56.11

Session 2: October 23rd: Ambalatthika-rahulovada Sutta, MN 61; Kalama Sutta, AN 3.65

Session 3: October 30th Kathavatthu Sutta, AN 3.67;

Ananda Sutta, SN 44.10;  & Aggi-Vacchagotta Sutta, MN72

Session 4: November 6thAlagaddupama Sutta, MN 22

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About the Instructor

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Ven. Douglas Cheolsoeng Gentile (he/him)

A Zen monk and Distinguished Professor of psychology, and the author of Finding the Freedom to Get Unstuck and be Happier among several other books. He has been involved in IDP for many years, and is currently the guiding teacher of the Ames Buddhist Mahasangha.
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