Bhikkhu Bodhi

A Short Introduction to Buddhism by Bhikkhu Bodhi

A Short Introduction to Buddhism by Bhikkhu Bodhi

These videos by Bhikkhu Bodhi include a short introductory course to Buddhism.

The course took place in the summer of 2018 at Woo Ju Memorial Library, sponsored by The Buddhist Association of the United States and shared by Chuang Yen Monastery.

It is a course for which included reading material. This material is linked to per chapter below easch video.

Chapter 1: ‘Buddhism as a Way of Life, a Way of Understanding, a Way to Liberation; Who was the Buddha? The Buddhist Approach to Knowledge’

Study material:

  1. Fundamentals of Buddhism by Peter D. Santina (Buddhism a Modern Perspective; chapter I & II)
  2. What the Buddha Taught by Walpola Rahula (chapter I)

Chapter 2: ‘The Four Noble Truths (General Treatment)’

Study material:

  1. Fundamentals of Buddhism (chapter III & IV)
  2. What the Buddha Taught (chapter II & III)

Chapter 3: ‘Core Doctrines of Buddhism: The Three marks of Existence, Karma and Rebirth, Dependent Origination’

Study material:

  1. Fundamentals of Buddhism (chapter VIII, IX, X, XI, XII)
  2. What the Buddha Taught (chapter VI)

Chapter 4: ‘The Noble Eightfold Path (Part 1)’

Study material:

  1. The Noble Eightfold Path door Bhikkhu Bodhi (chapter I, II, III)

Chapter 5: ‘The Noble Eightfold Path (Part 2)’

Study material:

  1. The Noble Eightfold Path door Bhikkhu Bodhi (chapter IV tot VIII)

Chapter 6: ‘Buddhism and the World Today’

Study material

  1. What the Buddha Taught (chapter VIII)

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About Bhikkhu Bodhi

Bhikkhu Bodhi is a Buddhist monk of American nationality, born in New York City in 1944. After obtaining a PhD in philosophy from the Claremont Graduate School, he came to Sri Lanka to enter the Sangha. He received the novice ordination in 1972 and the higher ordination in 1973, both under the eminent scholar monk, Ven. Balangoda Ananda Maitreya, with whom he studied Pali and Dhamma.

He is the author of several works on Theravāda Buddhism, including four translations of great Pali-suttas, together with their comments. He was editor and president of the Buddhist Publication Society for many years.

He has been living at Chuang Yen Monastery since 2006 and in 2008, together with several of his students, Bhikkhu Bodhi founded Buddhist Global Relief, a non profit supporting hunger relief, sustainable agriculture, and education in countries suffering from chronic poverty and malnutrition. In May 2013 was elected president of BAUS.

You yourselves must strive, the Buddhas only point the way

Buddha, Dhp 276

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