Introduction to Abhidhamma (in English) - Mental Factors (Cetasika) - 22 June to 4 July 2018 (6 lessons)
Pa-Auk Meditation Centre
15 Teo Kim Eng Road Singapore 416385
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Abhidhamma literally means “the higher doctrine”. It provides a deep and profound understanding of the true nature of all phenomena. The teachings are collected in the third basket of the Tipiṭaka (the Three Baskets) of Pāḷi Canon – Abhidhamma Piṭaka. Unlike the teachings in the other Baskets: Sutta Piṭaka and Vinaya Piṭaka, where conventional terms such as man, animals are being used, in Abhidhamma Piṭaka all phenomena of existences are microscopically analysed and explained in terms of ultimate realities. There are four groups of ultimate realities: citta (consciousness), cetasika (associated mental factors), rūpa (materiality), and Nibbāna.
We are honoured to have invited Venerable Sugatavaṃsa, a very experienced and knowledgeable teacher from Sri Lanka, to give a series of introductory lessons on the key teachings of Abhidhamma.This is the second module of the course and the Venerable will proceed to teach the second group of the ultimate reality - cetasika (associated mental factors).
Feb 2018, Venerable Sugatavaṃsa will start with the first ultimate reality of citta (consciousness). This series of Abhidhamma lessons is suitable for beginners to Abhidhamma, as well as those who have learned Abhidhamma before and would like to revise and deepen their understanding.
The Speaker - Venerable Sugatavaṃsa
Venerable Sagatavaṃsa first ordained at the age of 16 and subsequently received higher ordination under the guidance of Ven. Devagoda Mangala Maha Thero and Ven. Na-Uyane Ariyadhamma Mahā Thero. He has studied under many famous scholarly monks in Sri Lanka and gained proficiency in Vinaya (Monastic Discipline), Pāli Language and Abhidhamma which he later received the titles “Vinaya Visārada” (Expert in Vinaya), “Abhidhamma Visārada” (Expert in Abhidhamma) and “Tripitakacariya” (Proficiency in all three baskets of the Pali Canon) from both Sri Kalyani Yogasrama Samstha and the University of Sri Jayawardenapura, Sri Lanka.
Apart from his scholarly achievements he also spent time meditating at Na-Uyana Monastery under Maha Kammatthanacariya Most. Ven. Na-Uyane Ariyadhamma Maha Thero until he first visited Myanmar in 2003 to study meditation under Agga Mahā Kammaṭṭhānācariya Most Ven. Pa-Auk Tawya Sayadaw Bhadanta U Āciṇṇa.
He holds many meditation and Dhamma (especially Abhidhamma) discussions and retreats. He appears on both National Television and National Radio periodically and well respected among lay and monastic community in Sri Lanka. The Venerable also actively teaches meditation, Abhidhamma and Pāli language in many countries including Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia and Korea.
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