Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta Study with Meditation Workshop
Conducted by Āyasmā Aggacitta
Since the late 1970s the application of mindfulness meditation has become increasingly popular in many disciplines worldwide, including mainstream and alternative wellness therapies and diverse forms of spirituality. All these applications of mindfulness are admittedly based on Sati- paṭṭhāna Sutta (MN 10), in which the practice of sati (mindfulness) and paññā (knowledge and wisdom) is described in great detail.
Therefore, this Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta-study with Meditation Workshop is especially relevant today for anyone interested in the theory and practice of mindfulness. The whole sutta is covered in two consecutive workshops, which are critical yet interactive and pragmatic in orientation. Partici- pants will be exposed to several ways of interpreting the sutta and to a variety of approaches in the practice of satipaṭṭhāna. Most importantly, they will be coached on how to apply mindfulness in daily life so that they can experience less suffering, more contenment and greater happiness, culminating in final knowledge and ultimate liberation from all forms of suffering.
- Preamble: How the classification of the Buddha’s teaching evolved
- Introduction: Significance and background of the sutta
- Overview of the structure of the sutta
- Recitation of a portion of the Pali text followed by translation and exposition
- Discussion connected with that portion (if any)
- Question and answer session
- Guided meditation connected with that portion (if any)
- Repeat steps (4) to (7)
- Summary and conclusion
- Sharing merits, making aspirations
Āyasmā Aggacitta is a Malaysian Buddhist monk ordained at Mahasi Meditation Centre, Rangoon, Burma, in 1979. He has trained under various teachers, notably Sayadaws U Paṇḍita (Paṇḍitārāma), U Tissara (Yankin), U Āciṇṇa (Pa Auk) and U Tejaniya (Shwe Oo Min).
Besides practising meditation, he studied advanced Pāli and translation in Thai and Burmese under Sayadaw U Dhammananda at Wat Tamaoh, Lampang, Thailand, from 1983 to 1984. He continued to study the Pāli Tipiṭaka in Myanmar and researched on its interpretation and practice until his return to Malaysia at the end of 1994.
In 2000, he founded Sāsanārakkha Buddhist Sanctuary (SBS), a Buddhist monks training centre at the edge of forested hills near Taiping, Perak, Malaysia.
In recent years, he has spent considerable time investigating popular inter- pretations and practices of Buddhism in the light of the Pāli scriptures, real life experiences and contemporary research findings. Using a critical yet construc- tive approach, he hopes to share his findings with Dhamma practitioners and bring them closer to a practical reality they can more easily connect with.
List of scheduled workshops :
Venue: Bodhi Heart Sanctuary
677G Jalan Mt. Erskine , 10470 Tanjung Tokong, Penang
Part 1 (Sat & Sun) 12-13 May 2012
Part 2 (Sat & Sun) 26-27 May 2012
Contact person : Bro. Khantibala
Email: [email protected] Mobile : 012-4277892
Closing date: 5 May 2012
Venue: Pu Tuo Si Buddhist Temple
Batu 5 1/2, Jln Tuaran , 88450 Kota Kinabalu , Sabah
(Organiser : Pertubuhan Ugama Buddha Che Sze Lim Kota Kinabalu, Sabah )
Parts 1 & 2 (Wed to Sat)
30 May – 2 June 2012
Contact persons :
1. Bro. Victor Lu
Email: [email protected] Mobile: 019-8221533
2. Bro. PC Yap
Email: [email protected] 012-8338357
Closing date : 16 May 2012
Venue: Kuching Buddhist Society (KBS) Part 1 (Sat & Sun) 9-10 June 2012
Lot 1912, Jalan Laksamana Cheng Ho, Kuching
Venue: Kuching Dhamma Vijaya Buddhist Centre (KDV) Part 2 (Sat & Sun) 16-17 June 2012
No.229, Jalan Kung Phin, Batu 4, Jalan Penrissen , 93250 Kuching
Contact person : Bro. Teo Chin Chiang
Email: [email protected] Mobile : 019-8392121
Closing date : 26 May 2012
Venue: Poh Ming Tse ( Temple of Boundless Light)
438 Dunearn Road S (289613)
(At corner of Dunearn & Shelford Road)
Parts 1 & 2 (Thur to Sun) 21-24 June 2012
Contact person : Bro. Arnold Lee
Closing date : 7 June 2012
Metta Lodge, Johor Bahru
26, Jalan Rengas, Taman Melodies, JB Parts 1 & 2 (Fri to Mon) 29 Jun to 2 Jul Contact person : Bro. Heng Chai Teet
Email: [email protected] Mobile : 016-7611666
Closing date : 15 June 2012
Venue: Sasanarakkha Buddhist Sanctuary,Taiping, Perak
Full 4-days Workshop 26-29 Jul (Thurs to Sun)
Contact: SBS Office
Email: [email protected] Mobile : 017-5182011 Tel: 05-8411198
Closing date : 26 June 2012
Please note that those who wish to participate in Part 2 must have done Part 1 first. Closing dates for registration at the various centers are as stated or when maximum capacity is reached.
Interested applicants for the SBS/BHS workshop, please use the correct form.
Registration Form for SBS: SBS
Registration Form for BHS: BHS