Study Workshops

New Buddha Way runs occasional workshops for the study of the classical texts of the Buddha Dhamma (Dharma). 

The study sessions run irregularly over the year, and attendance is by those who

  • wish to understand the classical text including those that record the Buddha’s original teachings
  • have taken the NBW Introduction Session for beginners and newcomers
  • have attended some NBW Community Sessions
  • have taken a residential retreat with NBW (or equivalent retreat)

Most sessions are open but some are by invitation. Sessions are one-off events on various dates and venues.

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.

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Texts & Topics previously studied  

15th May 2019: Workshop on the Ānāpānasati sutta, which is the Buddha’s detailed advice on breathing meditation and its benefits.

23rd July 2017: ‘The Five Aggregates’, seminar led by Dr Shiroma Bandara, Woking
14th June 2017: ‘The Golden Land of Myanmar’, film and talk from Daw Sanda Wadi, Guildford.
18th May 2017: ‘Voluntary Euthanasia & Buddhism’, Ajahn Sangthong & Geoff Hunt, Woking.
17th Feb 2017: Talk and discussion, Vitakkasanthana sutta (MN.20), Woking
15th Jan 2017: Talk on Right Speech by Ajahn Sangthong, Guildford.

17th May 2016: Ajahn Sangthong Phensrisai to present his commentary on the Maranassati Sutta, Anguttara Nikaya (6.19 PTS), Tipitaka, Worplesdon, Surrey, UK.
18th May 2016: Ajahn Sangthong Phensrisai to lead a discussion on ‘What is the Buddha Dhamma?’, Woking, Surrey, UK.
24th Sept 2016: Ajahn Sangthong Phenrisai of the Thai Theravada tradition spoke on 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.

2014-2015: Led by Geoff Hunt

  • Shōbōgenzō, General overview
  • Shōbōgenzō, Bendōwa
  • 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 SuttaAnguttara Nikaya
  • Overview of Gandhara Scrolls
  • The Khaggavisāna-sutta (R Salomon, A Gāndhāri Version of the Rhinoceros Sūtra, U Washington Press, 2000.)
  • Tittha sutta, Udana, Khuddaka Nikaya, Tipitaka
  • Philo of Alexandria, ‘On the Contemplative Life’ [Were the ‘Therapeutae’ community actually Theravada monks?]