Study and Practice Series — Kalama Sutta

Study and Practice Series: Navigating the Way: Exploring the Kalama Sutta

Course Description:

Join us in exploring one of the central questions of our practice: How do we know which teachings, practices, and actions to follow? In the Kalama Sutta (AN 3.65), the Buddha offers guidance in this area. In addition, the Kalama Sutta contains other teachings that relate to the brahma-viharas (including lovingkindness and compassion), the role of views, wise speech, and the four assurances (a version of Pascal’s Wager). 

In this 4-session class (Sat, Tues, Thurs, Sat), we will explore the richness of the Kalama Sutta, developing a multifaceted picture of ways to navigate our path. Sessions will include meditation, teachings, Q&A, and small-group discussion. This is a Sati Center event.

Course Material:

We recommend purchasing The Numerical Discourses of the Buddha in the long run. There are also several online translations available for this sutta at  Sutta Central.


Four Mornings, July 11, 14, 16, and 18, 2020.  8:30-10:00am Pacific Time.

Note: On the weekdays (Tues/Thurs), class will be 1 hour followed by an optional guided meditation from 9:30-10:00am PST. 

Location: This is an online ZOOM class. Please sign up (see below) to receive a ZOOM link for the class.


Diana Clark, Kim Allen, Ying Chen and David Lorey

To sign up for the course. Please email with your name and email address.

Sati Center for Buddhist Studies

The Sati Center has been offering classes in Buddhist Studies in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1997. Our perspective balances scholarly inquiry with serious meditation practice. We believe that study and practice work together to deepen one’s realization of the Dharma and to help manifest that realization in the world. For information on ongoing Sati Center programs please visit us at or contact us at or 650-223-0311.


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