For our summer program at ERBC, on the first and second Mondays of May through August we will draw on Dhamma talks by Bhikkhu Sujato on the theme of developing meditation practice. Supplementary readings from the suttas will be offered. There will be opportunities for discussion as well.
Bhante Sujato is an Australian monk and scholar, formerly abbot of Santi Forest Monastery, who was trained in the Thai Forest tradition. He is a primary teacher for the members of ERBC’s program committee. We regularly draw from his online teachings as resources for planning programs. We’re happy to offer samplings from these teachings to inform and inspire our Monday evening investigations in support of deepening the practice of meditation.
Many of Ven. Sujato’s Dhamma talks, in both audio and video form, can be found on the Dhammanet website. (Video versions of many of these talks are also posted on Dhammanet’s YouTube Channel.) The Santi Forest Monastery website has many talks by Bhante Sujato on their audio page, as well as his essays and books on their Santipada page.
Our beginning program in May drew from Bhante Sujato’s recent talk on the relationship between wholesome pleasure, or happiness (sukha), and the development of concentration or jhāna.