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Sukha as the way to the end of Dukkha with Sanathavihari Bhikkhu

November 11, 2023 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 am US Pacific Time

Online via Zoom


We will focus on claiming body, speech, and mind by developing the mental factors of lucid awareness (sati), discernment of mental qualities (dhamma-vicaya), vigor (vīriya), joy (pīti), tranquility (passaddhi) which will bring us to the stilling/unification of mind (samādhi). We will do this by first focusing on claiming our thoughts (vitakkasaṇṭhāna), that is cultivating the three wholesome thoughts (samma sankappa). Then, we will focus on the claiming of the body (passambhayaṁ kāyasaṅkhāraṁ) via the practice of observation of the body (kāyānupassanā).  And with the arising of bodily tranquility (passaddhi) and mental joy (piti), there is the arising of Sukha, which brings mental calmness (Samādhi).

Sanathavihari Bhikkhu is a Mexican-American Theravāda monk at the Sarathchandra Buddhist Center in North Hollywood, a Sri Lankan center. He is a student of the late Dr. Bhante Madawela Punnaji, and the founder of Casa De Bhavana – an outreach project to bring the Dhamma to the Spanish-speaking world. He is also the co-author of Buddhism in 10 Steps. Bhante is a U.S. Air Force veteran who served in the Air Force for nine years and was deployed three times. He was ordained as a novice at the age of 30 in 2015 at Sarathchandra Buddhist Center in North Hollywood, California. In 2018, he received his higher ordination at Maharagama Bhikkhu Training Center (Maharagama Dharmayathanaya) in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Bhante has a B.A. in Religion and an M.S. in Counseling Psychology (Marriage Family Therapy). Bhante is currently enrolled in the Buddhist Chaplaincy program at Upaya Zen Center.


November 11, 2023
8:30 am - 11:30 am PST


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