A group in which to discuss the humanity of Buddha, and, in particular, to reflect upon the teachings given in the three core early sutras called:
- Setting in Motion the Wheel of the Dharma
- The Non-Self Teaching
- The Fire Sermon
There are many ways to approach the interpretation of Buddha's earliest teachings. My own approach has included certain assumptions:
1. that Shakyamuni was speaking in terms that are not technical or esoteric most of the time - that his teaching is open to all
2. that his enlightenment turned his life around in a major way and that what he would want is for us to gain the benefit of his experience rather than follow in the footsteps of his pre-enlightenment path
3. that Buddha spoke from a great depth of humanity and feeling rather than from aloofness.
A course on this theme is planned for 13-14 June 2009 at The Buddhist House. This film clip is a trailer for that course.