First Fridays: The Teachings of the Buddha
|Date(s):||July 6 (Friday)|
|Time:||7:00pm - 9:00pm|
|Description:||First Fridays is an ongoing series of informal social gatherings centered around a topic of interest to the InsightLA community.|
The Mahasatipatthāna Sutta (The Great Discourse on the Foundations of Awareness) is found in the Majjhima Nikaya (Middle-length Collection, MN10) one of the 24 collections of the oldest extant Pali Buddhist scriptures. This is the canonical text itself which the Buddha (Siddatha Gotama, 563 BCE - 483 BCE) himself expounded directly to the monks, nuns and laity during his lifetime. The Mahasatipatthāna Sutta is the Buddha’s most complete instruction on the practice of vipassana (insight) and samatha (calming) meditation. Satipatthāna is the way of implementing Right Awareness (also termed Right Mindfulness), the seventh part of the Noble Eightfold Path to the Cessation of Suffering.
We will review the Mahasatipatthāna Sutta in a scholarly manner within the context of the Buddha’s life and times, as well as how this vital discourse connects to his most important teachings: The Four Noble Truths, annica (impermanence), anata (non-self), silas (moralities), panna (wisdom), samadhi (concentratrion), dhamma (doctrine), paticca samupadha (dependent origination) and nibbana (extinction).
Etan Boritzer is a yoga/meditation teacher in Venice, CA who has studied Eastern philosophy, practiced yoga & meditation since 1968 with teachers in India, Japan and the US. He has presented his popular talk The Teachings of the Buddha previously at various spiritual centers and conferences throughout the US. Etan is also the best selling children’s book author of What Is God? and 11 other titles, published in 13 languages.
Come gather with other InsightLA community members, and learn something new!
1430 Olympic Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
|Contact the teacher||Contact by email (expect responses Monday - Friday, only)|
|Enrollment Limit:||90 | There are still openings for this class.|