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Postby Branko » Sat Feb 28, 2009 2:02 pm

Hi everyone
here in Serbia we just organized a Theravada Buddhist Society and would like to start systematic study of the Buddha's Teachings though our mailing list. We fill it is helpful since our members are of different level of knowledge and would like to establish a sound common basis for further progress. Therefore we are looking for the appropriate study materials which would allow participants to be more active during the classes, like questions and assignments at the end of the each chapter. I found some material at the Buddhanet site, but it seems more designed for primary and high school classes. Any other idea?

Many thaks in advance
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Re: Study Materials

Postby Ben » Sat Feb 28, 2009 7:47 pm

Hi Branko

Have you had a look at Bhikkhu Bodhi's lecture series on the Majjhima Nikaya? Its a series of mp3 sound files that you can listen to in conjunction with reading the suttas. http://www.bodhimonastery.net/courses/MN/MN_course.html
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Postby cooran » Sat Feb 28, 2009 8:35 pm

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Re: Study Materials

Postby Branko » Sun Mar 01, 2009 1:42 pm

Dear Ben and Chris
Yes I know about Bhikkhu Bodhi's series, but I had something more basic in mind. Suttas should come little bit later, when basic concepts like four noble truths, three characteristics, panca sila etc. are clear enough.
And the other problem with these audio files is language. However strange it may sound, some members of our Serbian group don't speak English. So I'm looking for the study material which I would translate for them...

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Re: Study Materials

Postby AdvaitaJ » Sun Mar 01, 2009 2:08 pm

Branko,

I was going to suggest basing your materials on the Dhammapada so I searched for a Serbian translation and it led me to the site posted in your signature block!

Good luck in your search.

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Re: Study Materials

Postby retrofuturist » Mon Mar 02, 2009 10:34 pm

Greetings Branko,

I'm curious as to why you think suttas should come after people have the basic concepts understood?

The best introductions to the Dhamma that I have found tend to explain the concepts in parallel with the suttas, blending Buddhavacana with modern commentary.

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Postby retrofuturist » Tue Mar 03, 2009 12:07 am

"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead" - Thomas Paine

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Re: Study Materials

Postby Cittasanto » Tue Mar 03, 2009 7:34 am

I stumbled upon this last night when looking for something else seemed like something you would be interested in
http://www.what-buddha-taught.net/Books ... udents.pdf


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But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
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He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.

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Re: Study Materials

Postby pt1 » Wed Mar 04, 2009 3:59 am

Hi Branko,

If not English, perhaps some of your members can read Russian? There’s a very good Russian website with translated and original works for all levels. I think that website was put together by Dmytro, whom you probably know from this and other Theravada boards.

Also, good old access to insight has some useful materials:



And of course the can provide a lot of useful links

Also, you might consider starting with a good beginner level book and then going 1 chapter a week or similar. I found this approach very helpful in the beginning, especially when various suttas are quoted in support. That kind of made me interested in starting to read suttas themselves. Especially if we were actually given an assignment like - "for the next week's chapter discussions, please read the following suttas beforehand:..."

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Re: Study Materials

Postby Branko » Thu Mar 05, 2009 10:56 pm

Manapa and pt1
many thanks for your ideas.

Actually I'm considering W. Rahula's "What the Buddha Thought" as a good start,
since it was translated into Serbian long time ago...

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Re: Study Materials

Postby retrofuturist » Mon Mar 09, 2009 5:06 am

Greetings Branko,

Sounds like a good idea to me!

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"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

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