Awakening Poems: Inspiration for Practice from the Therīgāthā and Theragāthā

Awakening Poems: Inspiration for Practice from the Therīgāthā and Theragāthā

Course Description:

During the Buddha’s lifetime and for several centuries after his death, monastic followers made a practice of recording their experience of awakening in verse.  These poems come down to us in two collections, the Therīgāthā and the Theragāthā—awakening poems of nuns and of monks.  The poems provide fascinating insight into the daily life, social setting, teachings, and culmination of practice in the early Buddhist sangha. Please join us as we explore these expressions of awakening, seeking in them both insight and inspiration.  The class will include dharmettes, guided meditations, Q&A, and small group discussion.

Please register here to receive the Zoom link and readings. We will be sending some passages to read before the first class.

Course Material:


Time: August 14, 17, and 19, 2021 (Saturday-Tuesday-Thursday), 8:30-10:00am PST

Location: This is an online ZOOM class.


Diana Clark, Kim Allen, Ying Chen and David Lorey

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Sati Center for Buddhist Studies Study and Practice Series

The Sati Center for Buddhist Studies’s Study-and-Practice series combines in-depth exploration of the discourses of the Pali canon with ways of applying Buddhist teachings to meditation and daily life. The Study-and-Practice series aims to make the Pali suttas accessible and useful, connect the study of the ancient textual tradition with practice, and cultivate shared enjoyment along the way. (A knowledge of Pali is not required.) The teaching team is Diana Clark, Kim Allen, Ying Chen, and David Lorey.

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