Yesterday, Saturday, large parts of the Santi community went to a Dhamma talk Bhante Sujato gave in Baulkam Hills in Sydney. It was an interesting talk and we all were all delighted to see him again. Remember: It is because of his generosity and renunciation that we now can live as a community of female monastics together at Santi.
Hi everyone, from now until the rains all the classes given by Bhante Sujato at Santi will be uploaded to youtube. These will be both sutta classes (from the Majjhima Nikaya) and miscellaneous classes such as our Vinaya and Buddhist Philosophy classes. The video content is exactly what the class sees on the projector screen, while the voice content is like the normal sutta classes. Having the visual content should make the classes easier to follow.
Head on over to our YouTube channel to check it out:
Have you always wanted to be able to read the Buddha’s words in
the(ir) original Pali? Do you need a supportive environment to learn?
Are you intimated by learning a new language? Well here is your
opportunity to achieve your goal.
Over 20 Saturdays Bhante Sujato, Pali Scholar and Abbott of Santi
Forest Monastery has generously offered to be our guide and
introduce the basics of Pali to enable us to read Buddhist suttas.
The design of the course is based on learning Pali by reading Buddhist
suttas. From the first class the aim is for you to begin to read and
gradually comprehend suttas in Pali. By matching our motivation (to
read Suttas) with the challenge of learning a new language the aim is
to create an enjoyable and practical experience. Our goal is for each
participant to gain a sense of accomplishment through reading and
understanding Pali Suttas.
Due to the very limited numbers we can accommodate (8 to 10) we would
prefer people who can commit to most and ideally all 20 Saturdays. The
classes will run from Saturday February 25th to Saturday 7th July. (While
classes will run on all Saturdays, Bhante Sujato will not attend all
of them due to prior commitments/availability.) Bhante’s role is to answer
questions and guide students – motivated self-learning is required.
Depending on interest, more / continuing courses will be offered in the future.
About the teacher
You will need to purchase the textbook for the course: Pali – Buddha’s
Language: A complete teach yourself course for beginners in 10 simple
lessons by Kurt Schmidt.
For those whose who feel that their knowledge of grammar needs
refreshing, we recommend “Pali Grammar for Students” by Steven
Collins. This is optional and at your own discretion. Both texts are
available from Amazon website.
Where is it?
Australian Buddhist library in Camperdown.
When is it?
Saturday 9 – 10 am.
Dates: Saturday 25th February – Saturday 7th July 2012.
If you wish to attend please email sam[dot]jerga[at]hotmail[dot]com.
For any further queries, please call 0435 723 264
Due to very limited space successful applications will be
on a strictly first come basis