Title: Venerable Upekkhā & Venerable Candā: Sutta Discussion Group 44 “Why Do Ascetics Argue?” 26.05.23

Blurb: In this Sutta discussion led by Venerables Canda and Upekkha, “Why do Ascetics Argue?” (AN 2.37) is discussed. Contrary to popular belief, monastics do have conflict and disputes from time to time! In fact, living in community often uncovers our less positive qualities on an individual level that need to be worked on if the community is to live harmoniously together. The Buddha noted that between monastics, an attachment to our own point of view (I’m right and you’re wrong!) may still linger. How can we overcome such attachment to view? The Venerables discuss this with the live audience, with participants offering their own reflections and ideas on the issue. This Sutta discussion is based on page 132 of “The Buddha’s Teachings on Social and Communal Harmony – An Anthology of Discourses from the Pāli Cannon” by Bhikkhu Bodhi, Wisdom Publications.

Title: Venerables Upekkhā & Candā: Sutta Discussion Group 45 “Conflicts Due To Sensual Pleasures” 02.06.23

Blurb:
In this Sutta discussion led by Venerables Canda and Upekkha, “Conflicts due to Sensual Pleasures” (MN 13) is discussed. It is explained how arguments, disputes and quarrels come to be with sensual pleasures as the cause, sensual pleasures as the source, and sensual pleasures as the basis. In the passage “Rooted in Craving” (AN 9:23), the Buddha teaches the causal sequence which leads to disputes, harsh speech, quarrels and many other unwholesome states. The discussion with online participants addresses how, by refining one’s taste, one can let go of the desire for stimulation by the five senses and learn to enjoy the pleasures of the mind which bring about true satisfaction and therefore, are considered worthy of pursuing. This Sutta discussion is based on “The Buddha’s Teachings on Social and Communal Harmony – An Anthology of Discourses from the Pāli Cannon” by Bhikkhu Bodhi – Page 132-133

Title: Venerables Upekkhā & Candā: Sutta Discussion Group 46 “The Blind Men And The Elephant” 09.06.23

Blurb: In this Sutta discussion, led by Venerables Canda and Upekkha, the story of the Blind Men and the Elephant (Ud 6.4) is discussed. It depicts how, with fixed views, one can lose sight of what is beneficial and become quarrelsome, harming another with harsh words. In the passage on “Arguments among Monks” (AN 3:124), the Buddha explains the three things that one abandons and the three things one cultivates when arguing and falling into dispute with another. The online participants share their experiences and reflections on dealing with people with fixed views and those that trigger you. The Venerables offer valuable insight on how one may view and deal with these difficult circumstances. This Sutta discussion is based on “The Buddha’s Teachings on Social and Communal Harmony – An Anthology of Discourses from the Pāli Cannon” by Bhikkhu Bodhi – Page 133-135

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