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Breakdown of training Lessons for Diploma Course in Pali and Sutta Study.

Hours

Module 1

Lesson Topics for sutta Class

Lesson Topics for Pali Class

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Q & A for prior evening Dhamma talk. A-Introduction to Course & Purpose Bhante V B- Birth of the Tipitika by Bhante Kusula C- Introducing the Format of the Sutta Class- SK

       

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Dhammapada Morning Verses

       
 

Precepts in full – using DN outline

Q

& A for prior evening Dhamma talk.

Read the Morning verses one set at a time. Explain the Essential and Unessential vs craving/clinging in meditation and in life. Make up an analogy for the Precepts you can remember. Assignments:

1. List the 5 precepts and 5 Distractions.

2. write up 4 examples of Essential/Unessential situations

3. Explain the Precepts in an analogy of your own.

4. For preparation, read Sutta MN-128

   

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MN-128

Imperfections- (Upakkilesa Sutta)

       

Q

& A for prior evening Dhamma talk.

Review MN-128

 

Summarize the Imperfections and their Vocabulary Assignments:

1. Make a list of Imperfections that try to stop meditation

2. Write down a Life application from this sutta

For preparation. read Sutta MN-95

Breakdown of training Lessons for

Hours

04- MN-95 To Canki ( Canki Sutta) [Advice for Successful Study & how to advance]
04-
MN-95 To Canki ( Canki Sutta)
[Advice for Successful Study & how to
advance]
Q
& A for prior evening Dhamma talk.
Review Chachakka Sutta Cue sheet
Question and discuss Key points in MN-95
Assignments:
Summarize the 12 steps for successful training
Describe how the Buddha & Brahmins reached truth
Name 3 states of investigation the Buddha taught
For preparation, read MN-143 (handout)
05-
MN-143 Advice to Anathapindika
(Anāthapi$%ikovāda Sutta)
[Advice for Pain Management]
Q
& A for prior evening Dhamma talk.
Review Chachakka Sutta Cue sheet
Review parts of MN-143-
Assignments:
How does Anatta practice ease pain?
Explain Who Anathapindika was?
Why didn’t He know about this teaching?
For preparation, read SN- Upanissa Sutta (handout)
06-
SN-23(3) Proximate Cause (Upanissa Sutta)
( A Transcendental Developmental Chart by Buddha)
Q
& A for prior evening Dhamma talk.
Review Chachakka Sutta Cue sheet
Chart links for Transcendental Dependent Origination
Assignments:
Review links of D.O. and Line of Development
Describe progressive aspect in Transcendental links
Why is this chart called Transcendental D.O.?
For preparation, Read MN-121
07- History of Councils and Schisms in Buddhism Mr. David Johnson Q & A for
07- History of Councils and Schisms in Buddhism
Mr. David Johnson
Q
& A for prior evening Dhamma talk.
History of the Councils and Schisms
Discussion
Assignments:
1.
What has changed from the beginning teaching?
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4.
For preparation, Read MN-18
08- MN-18
Honeyball Sutta (Mahupi$%ika Suta)
Q
& A for prior evening Dhamma talk.
Review MN-18
Dependent Origination
Assignments:
Explain what is Mental Proliferation?
Explain Objective and Subjective within experience.
What is the problem with Mental Proliferation?
For preparation, Read MN-121
09- MN-121 The greater Discourse on Voidness
(Mahasuññata Sutta)
Q
& A for prior evening Dhamma talk.
Be able to discuss primary aspect of Voidness in class
Review Chachakka Sutta through completely
Assignments:
Describe voidness according to the Buddha-1 para.
How do you experience voidness in the jhanas?
For preparation, Read Upanissa Sutta (handout)
10- Complete recitation practice of MN-148 Q & A for prior evening Dhamma talk. ∑
10- Complete recitation practice of MN-148
Q & A for prior evening Dhamma talk.
Suttas may be changed per the n eed of an
individual group being taught.

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