Topic 3: Life of the Buddha

Printable Study Sheet: pdf_24x18 (Sorry the format got scrambled in pasting the text below.) Audios appear at the bottom of the present page.

Readings:

In the Buddha’s Words, pp. 43-78 (“The Bringer of Light”).

Chronology

previous buddhas

previous lives

563 BC? – birth

upbringing

29 yrs – ascetic life

35 yrs – awakening

first teaching

teaching career

80 yrs – parinirvana (death)

Epithets

Tathagata (thus come)

Bhagava (blessed)

Buddha (awakened)

Arahant (worthy)

Sakyamuni (sage of the Sakyas)

Bodhisatta (awakening being, up to 35 yrs)

Gotama (but not Siddhattha)

Concepts   

Precepts: 1. not to kill, 2. not to steal, 3. not to misuse sexuality, 4. not to lie, 5. not to intoxicate self

Refuges: Buddha, Dharma, Sangha
Salvation as singular attainment
   

Jhana (meditation)        (seclusion from unwholesome states)
1st: thought/exam-rapture-happiness |
2nd: -rapture-happiness | + unification + concentration
3rd: -happiness | + equanimity + clarity
4th: | + purity of mindfulness
   

Three Knowledges Past lives, Passing away and rebirth of beings, fare according to actions
Cessation of taints: suffering, origin, cessation, path   

Dependent Origination        consciousness ↔ name-and-form → 6 sense-bases →
contact → feeling →craving → clinging → existence →birth → aging-and-death

     Middle Way

     Noble Eightfold Path

        Wisdom: right view, right intention
        Virtue: right speech, right action, right livelihood
        Cultivation of mind: right effort, right mindfulness, right concentration

    Four Noble Truths

suffering         to understand
origin of suffering          to abandon
cessation of suffering          to realize
way leading to …           to develop

Audios of Classes (as they become Available):

This topic starts on the 12/01/2013 audio at 46 minutes:

10/20/2013

12/01/2013

12/15/2013

12/15/2013

12/22/2013

12/22/2013

12/29/2013

12/29/2013

01/05/2014

01/05/2014

01/12/2014

01/12/2014

01/19/2014

01/19/2014

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