It looks good. When you get time, you might want to start thinking about how you want to structure your discussion.
In a similar situation, I would probably use the concept of the three jewels as the over-arching structure.
Under the heading of 'Buddha', you could include:
- historical social and spiritual context which Siddhartha was borne into
- recount of the bodhisatta's noble quest as per the ariyapariyesana sutta
- revision of the Buddha's life (ministry) from the Bodhi Tree to Parinibbana
Under the heading of 'Dhamma':
- Four Noble Truths (introduce here Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta: Setting the Wheel of Dhamma in Motion: SN 56.11)
---Noble Eightfold Path. What you could do here is divide N8FP in three divisions:
Sabba papassa akaraṇaṃ
Abstain from all sinful actions-that is, all unwholesome actions, physical or vocal, which hurt other beings and disturb their peace and harmony.
The second part of the Path is samadhi-one-pointed concentration of wholesome mind, summed up as:
Perform wholesome actions with concentrated, wholesome mind.
The third part is pañña-wisdom or insight, summed up as:
Purify the totality of mind by developing insight.
These three trainings are the teaching of all the Buddhas of the past and will be the teaching of all the Buddhas of the future. That is why it is said,
Etaṃ Buddhana sasanaṃ.
This is the teaching of all the Buddhas.
- Right speech
- Right action
- Right livelihood
- Right effort
- Right mindfulness
- Right concentration
- Right view
- Right intention
Organisation of the Tipitaka
Development of theAbhidhamma
- development of the sangha, including the four-fold assembly during the Buddha's lifetime
- role of ordained sangha in maintaining the teachings following the death of the Buddha. Include here the Councils
- Commentarial tradition
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road
Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725
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