New Buddha Way runs workshops for the study of the classic texts of the Buddha Dhamma.
The study sessions run irregularly over the year, and attendance is by those who
wish to understand the Buddha's original teachings
have taken the NBW Newcomers' & Beginners' Class
have attended some NBW Community Sessions
have taken a residential retreat with NBW (or equivalent retreat)
and shown a level of commitment to the Noble Eightfold Path
Attendance: Most sessions are open but some are by invitation and have a maximum of 15 participants Sessions are one-off events on dates agreed by the applicants
Objective: The objective of studying classical texts is to enhance practice and serve the Buddha Dhamma community. The main focus is on the Pali Canon suttas of the Tipitaka and the most significant and influential texts of the Mahayana and Vajrayana. We study English translations of the classical texts, relating them to questions of contemporary culture. Our study also occasionally explores important articles by scholars about the history and texts of the Buddha Dhamma.
Texts being studied 2017 15th Jan: Talk on Right Speech by Ajahn Sangthong, Guildford. 17th Feb: Talk and discussion, Vitakkasanthana sutta (MN.20), Woking
Texts studied 2016
1. Ajahn Sangthong Phensrisai to present his commentary on the Maranassati Sutta, Anguttara Nikaya (6.19 PTS), Tipitaka, 17th May 2016, Worplesdon, Surrey, UK.
2. Ajahn Sangthong Phensrisai to lead a discussion on 'What is the Buddha Dhamma?', 18th May 2016, Woking, Surrey, UK.
3. Ajahn Sangthong Phenrisai of the Thai Theravada tradition spoke on Saturday 24th Sept on the subject of old age and facing the end of life. The event was opened and concluded by Ven. monk Sawadee, Abbot of Sanghapadipa Temple, Cardiff.
Texts studied 2014-15
Led by Prof. Geoff Hunt:
Shōbōgenzō, General overview
Shōbōgenzō, Shoaku Makusa
Shōbōgenzō, Genjō Kōan
Vimalakīrti Nirdeśa Sutra: General Overview
Vimalakīrti Nirdeśa Sutra: The Dharma Door of Nonduality
Tipitaka: General Overview
Tipitaka, Dīgha Nikāya, Mahāsatipatthāna sutta
Tipitaka, Dīgha Nikāya, Mahāpadāna sutta
Tipitaka, Dīgha Nikāya, Mahānidāna sutta
Tipitaka, Samyutta Nikāya, Nidānasamyutta
Tipitaka, Samyutta Nikāya, Khandhasamyutta
Prajňāpāramitā Hrdaya (The Heart Sutra)
Saddharma Pundarīka Sūtra (The Lotus Sutra): General overview.
Kālāma Sutta, Anguttara Nikaya
Overview of Gandhara Scrolls
The Khaggavisāna-sutta (R Salomon, A Gāndhāri Version of the Rhinoceros Sūtra, U Washington
Tittha sutta, Udana, Khuddaka Nikaya, Tipitaka
Philo of Alexandria, 'On the Contemplative Life' [Were the 'Therapeutae' community actually Theravada monks?]