Austin Words of the Buddha meets once a week to discuss the Teachings of the Buddha, carrying over a topic from week to week, focusing on the early discourses, represented in the Pali Suttas and in the Chinese Agamas, which are the common heritage of all Buddhism, sometimes along with the Vinaya.  We will sometimes also try to make sense of the development of later schools of Buddhism and how they tend to uphold the integrity of the Buddha’s early teachings even when differently expressed.

The format of the class does not require that one attend from the beginning nor that one attend every meeting, though relentless attendance will produce the best results. We generally take one Sutta at a time and highlight themes that are repeated or elaborated in other Suttas which we will get to later. That way any particular teaching, such as no-self or the Four Noble Truths, is likely to be covered repeatedly, adding more layers of understanding as we go along. Over about a year’s time one can expect exposure to almost the entire range of the Buddha’s extensive teachings.

Currently our venue is as follows:

Sunday afternoons, 2 – 3:30 pm
Austin Zen Center
3014 Washington Square
Austin, TX 78705 USA

2:00 Meditation
2:15 Refuges and Talk
3:50 Break
3:00 Discussion and Q&A
3:30 Sharing the Merit

Our current syllabus can be found HERE. Audios of previous discussions can be found HERE. Please email Bhikkhu Cintita at bhikkhu dot cintita at gee mail dot com for any inquiries or comment below.

Bhikkhu Cintita is an ordained monk in the Burmese Theravada tradition, as well as a former Zen priest and founding member of the Austin Zen Center. He lives in southwest Austin at the Sitagu Buddha Vihara, a Burmese monastery, where he meditates, teaches, writes, offers tours and putters around, often with the temple cat, Maung Wah, in tow.


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