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Wisdom Bootcamp: Who is Buddha?

The life of Buddha according to the Pali sutra's


with Ven. Losang Gendun

The Buddha sometimes called his teachings a handful of leaves compared to the forest of his knowledge, and refused to teach anything that would not lead to disenchantment with the world as we know it, to dispassion, to cessation and the stilling of all that leads to dissatisfaction and suffering, to direct knowledge, and to self-awakening.

The various traditions that sprang from the fountain of the Buddha’s words explored the personal, societal, and universal significance of his appearance in the world. Yet much that the sutras have to say about the Buddha as a person - his world, the early monastic and lay communities, and the reasons behind his rather pragmatic approach - remain largely unexplored.

Modern historical, philological and archaeological studies, though, allow us to reach back in time to try to encounter the Buddha in his own circumstances and environment. During this year’s journey we’ll look at the oldest of the sutras that are still present in the Tibetan and Pali canon. We’ll meet the Buddha and his disciples, see what challenges they faced, how it must have felt to live amongst them, and hear them speak about their personal (often quite intimate and disarming) experiences. We’ll meet kings, brahmins, and barbers. We’ll look at the social, political and economic changes that were the backdrop for the success of this band of dishevelled ascetics that walked into their world, across Asia and finally across the globe to announce a path to freedom. In a way, just as now, with the Buddha walking into our own lives.

Dates and times: Sunday September 5, October 3 and November 14, 2021, 10.00 - 14.30 hrs.

Suggested donation to help cover our costs € 35. Students / people with low income € 20 per day.

For online teachings, half of the above donations is applicable (resp. € 17,50 and € 10,00). To help the Maitreya Institute through these difficult times, we appreciate it very much if you adhere to the normal suggested donation. The fixed charges for the building and livelihood for our teachers remain the same.

Register by sending an e-mail to amsterdam@maitreya.nl.

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