In 2012 Āyasmā Aggacitta conducted Satipatthāna Sutta Study with Meditation Workshop seven times in different parts of Malaysia and in Singapore. A total of about 500 people participated in the workshops, initiated by Nalanda Institute, Malaysia. Now, after more than a year of patient editing and polishing, the video recording of the last workshop held from 26 – 29 July 2012 in Sāsanārakkha Buddhist Sanctuary, Taiping, Perak, Malaysia, has been uploaded to YouTube for public viewing. The series of video clips are systematically linked at satipatthanasbs.com.
Structure of Workshop
The 4-day programme covers all aspects of the Sutta, including
- Its historical background
- An overview
- The Pāli text and translation
- A comparative survey of the satipatthāna material in various Buddhist traditions.
The format consists of group chanting in Pāli, translation into English, explanation and word analysis by Āyasmā Aggacitta, discussion and presentation by the participants, followed by Āyasmā Aggacitta’s explanation. Sutta study is made practical through guided meditation exercises wherever and whenever applicable. Among other revelations, this workshop clarifies the meaning of samādhi, the distinction between samatha and vipassanā, and the difference between jhāna in the suttas and in the Visuddhimagga.
The whole sutta (MN 10 Satipatthana Sutta) is covered in this 4-day workshop — critical yet interactive and pragmatic in orientation. Participants are exposed to several ways of interpreting the sutta and to a variety of approaches in the practice of satipaṭṭhāna. Most importantly, they are coached on how to apply mindfulness in daily life so that they can experience less suffering, more contentment and greater happiness, culminating in final knowledge and ultimate liberation from all forms of suffering
This website provides a structure for the training videos of the course. It contains links to the Youtube videos in the same sequence as the workshop. This recording is from the last session, held at Sāsanārakkha Buddhist Sanctuary in Taiping in July 2012.
There is a menu at the top of every page. One page each covers Days 1 to 4. One page each is devoted to the teacher, How to Use, and Upcoming events. How to Use contains instructions for individuals and groups to get the most from the course, and links to materials which can be downloaded.
-posted by Terence Seow