Bhikkhu Anaalayo (second from left in above photo) with friends at IMS, Barre, Massachusetts
This course will undertake an in-depth study of mindfulness meditation based on a comparative study of the three extant versions of the Satipaṭṭhāna-sutta, where besides the well-known version in the Pali Canon, two parallels have been preserved in Chinese. This course is meant for experienced practitioners of meditation only who wish to deepen their understanding of the canonical source material. While based on the academic method of research, the emphasis throughout the course will be on what is of practical relevance to actual meditation practice. The course will combine study and discussion sessions in the mornings with meditation practice during the rest of the day.
Prerequisite: minimum four previous nine-day insight meditation retreats
Required reading in preparation for the course: Anālayo, Perspectives on Satipaṭṭhāna, Windhorse Publications (2013).
Also recommended: Anālayo, Satipaṭṭhāna: the Direct Path to Realization, Windhorse Publications (2003).
Bhikkhu Anālayo is a German scholar-monk and the author of Satipatthāna: The Direct Path to Realization, Perspectives on Satipatthāna, and Excursions into the Thought-World of the Pāli Discourses. He is a Core Faculty Member at Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, a professor at the Numata Center for Buddhist Studies at the University of Hamburg, and a researcher at the Dharma Drum Buddhist College in Taiwan.
This event is co-sponsored by the Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre.