Explore the Brahmaviharas, Dependant Origination, the four noble truths and other aspects of early Buddhism. Connect with people who share your interest with a supportive and uplifting community. Join a live talk on Zoom by Delson Armstrong. Each week a sutta will be covered and there is time for live Q&A.
Zoom Dhamma Talks for 2020 List of Suttas
October 4 – MN 117 The Great Forty
A discourse on the prerequisites of right samādhi that emphasizes the interrelationship and mutual support of all the factors of the eightfold path.
October 11 – MN 133 Mahākaccāna and One Fine Night
The verses from MN 131 are explained in a different way by Venerable Mahakaccāna.
October 18 – MN 147 The Shorter Advice to Rāhula
The Buddha takes Rāhula with him to a secluded spot in order to lead him on to liberation.
October 25 – MN 105 With Sunakkhatta
Not all of those who claim to be awakened are genuine. The Buddha teaches how true spiritual progress depends on an irreversible letting go of the forces that lead to suffering.
November 1 – MN 141 The Analysis of the Truths
Expanding on the Buddha’s first sermon, Venerable Sāriputta gives a detailed explanation of the four noble truths.
November 8 – MN 138 The Analysis of a Recitation Passage
The Buddha gives a brief and enigmatic statement on the ways consciousness may become attached. Venerable Mahākaccāna is invited by the mendicants to draw out the implications.
November 15 – MN 143 Advice to Anāthapiṇḍika
As the great lay disciple Anāthapiṇḍika lies dying, Venerable Sāriputta visits him and gives a powerful teaching on non-attachment.
November 22 – MN 121 The Shorter Discourse on Emptiness
The Buddha describes his own practice of the meditation on emptiness.
November 29 – MN 11 The Shorter Discourse on the Lion’s Roar
The Buddha declares that only those following his path can genuinely experience the four stages of awakening. This is because, while much is shared with other systems, none of them go so far as to fully reject all attachment to the idea of a self.
December 6 – MN 28 The Longer Simile of the Elephant’s Footprint
Sāriputta gives an elaborate demonstration of how, just as any footprint can fit inside an elephant’s, all the Buddha’s teaching can fit inside the four noble truths. This offers an overall template for organizing the Buddha’s teachings.
December 13 – MN 152 The Development of the Faculties
A brahmin teacher advocates that purification of the senses consists in simply avoiding seeing and hearing things. The Buddha explains that it is not about avoiding sense experience, but understanding it and learning to not be affected by sense experience.
January 10 – MN 3 Heirs in the Teaching
Some of the Buddha’s students inherit from him only material profits and fame. But his true inheritance is the spiritual path, the way of contentment. Venerable Sāriputta explains how by following the Buddha’s example we can experience the fruits of the path.
January 17 – MN 64 The Longer Discourse With Māluṅkya
A little baby has no wrong views or intentions, but the underlying tendency for these things is still there. Without practicing, they will inevitably recur.
January 24 – MN 137 The Analysis of the Six Sense Fields
A detailed analysis of the six senses and the relation to emotional and cognitive processes.
January 31 – MN 18 The Honey-Cake
Challenged by a brahmin, the Buddha gives an enigmatic response on how conflict arises due to proliferation based on perceptions. Venerable Kaccāna draws out the detailed implications of this in one of the most insightful passages in the entire canon.
February 7 – MN 19 Two Kinds of Thought
Recounting his own experiences in developing meditation, the Buddha explains how to understand harmful and harmless thoughts, and how to go beyond thought altogether.
February 14 – MN 23 The Ant-Hill
In a curious discourse laden with evocative imagery, a deity presents a riddle to a mendicant, who seeks an answer from the Buddha.
February 21 – MN 8 Self-Effacement
The Buddha differentiates between peaceful meditation and spiritual practices that encompass the whole of life. He lists forty-four aspects, which he explains as “effacement”, the wearing away of conceit.
February 28 – MN 146 Advice from Nandaka
When asked to teach the nuns, Venerable Nandaka proceeds by inviting them to engage with his discourse and ask if there is anything that needs further explanation.
March 7 – MN 74 With Dīghanakha
Deftly outmaneuvering an extreme skeptic, the Buddha discusses the outcomes of belief and disbelief. Rather than getting stuck in abstractions, he encourages staying close to the feelings one experiences.
March 14 – MN 113 A Good Person
The Buddha explains that a truly good person does not disparage others or feel superior because of their attainment.