Dharma Study Program

Dhamma-Wheel

For those who are serious about liberation — or “the heart’s sure release” (as the Buddha called it) — the importance of having a solid grounding in Dharma teachings cannot be overemphasized.

The 2021-2022 Dharma Study Program (also referred to as the Home Study Program) begins October 2, 2021. We meet via Zoom roughly once a month until March, on Saturdays. This year’s book is Ajahn Sucitto’s revised Kamma and the End of Kamma. Registration and more details below.

Here is some feedback on previous years’ Dharma Study Programs:

  • “How wonderful to investigate the Dharma… I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to participate.”
  • “Being able to study…with a group of like-minded friends was extremely helpful. The light, joyful, open atmosphere was very pleasant.”
  • “I really feel I got a taste of the Dharma… The balance of meditation, group discussions, questions and answers, and socializing was ideal.”

Preparation

If you wish to participate in the Dharma Study Program, we ask you to:

  • Meditate regularly.
  • Uphold the Five Precepts and try to integrate them into your daily life.
  • Complete the readings and attend the study group meetings.

    Kamma and the End of Kamma, by Ajahn Sucitto

    Some of you will remember we used the first edition of this book for our Dharma Study Program back in 2011-2012. However, Ajahn Sucitto says, “This is the second edition of a text that was originally created in 2007. For this edition, I have substantially revised the text in accordance with my understanding of the topic, added more references to the Pali Canon, and made various editorial improvements. The changes are so radical that this is virtually a new book, in which little remains of the original spoken material.”

    Here is an excerpt from the revised edition:

    We aren’t as embedded in samsara as it might seem. In fact, not every aspect of mind is patterned and programmed – there is the ‘unborn, uncreated, unconditioned, unprogrammed’. We have some degree of choice. We can witness our patterns and programs and not engage in stressful or negative ones; we can also engage more fully with programs that provide clarity, goodwill and stability… The program that carries this out is the Eightfold Path that the Buddha taught. It is a guide to sustained action in both the ‘external’ sense of interactions with other creatures and in the social domain, and the ‘internal’ – that is, introspective action that cultivates, nourishes and guides the mind and heart. Practicing this Path is the kamma that leads to the end of kamma.

    Print copies of this book are not readily available. Please download a copy from the Amaravati website.

    Dates and Readings, 2021-2022

    • October 2, 2021: pages 8 to 39 (Preface, Notes, Chapter 1)
    • November 6: pages 42 to 76 (Chapter 2; Chapter 3 till the end of The Work of Not-Working)
    • December 4: pages 76 to 107 (Chapter 3, Consolidation through Breathing till the end of Chapter 4, Practising the Great Heart)
    • January 8, 2022: pages 108 to 136 (Chapter 4, Unseating Perfectionism and Living in Balance till the end of Chapter 5)
    • February 5: pages 137 to 157 (Chapter 6)
    • March 5: pages 162 to 187 (Chapter 7)

    Schedule

    At each session, a volunteer offers a presentation of the assigned reading.

    Participants are divided into groups to discuss the readings. Some suggested topics for discussion are:

    • What did you find most helpful in the readings?
    • How did these readings impact your practice and life?

    9:00 – 9:50 Saturday Morning Meditation
    10:00 – 10:30 Presentation of the readings
    10:30 – 11:30 Group discussions
    11:30 – 12:30 Opportunity for groups to ask questions or make comments; close with sitting

    Registration

    You will be sent the Zoom link when your registration is received.

    • Regular: $110
    • SIMT supporter: $80

    Register Now

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