Bhikkhu Cintita’s Classes and Workshops
Buddhist Life/Buddhist Path. This is a 12-week beginners’ course, often offered as two 6-week courses – Buddhist Life (focusing on values, ethics and community) and Buddhist Path (focusing on higher training, including meditation) – that can be taken in either sequence. The full course in generally offered twice a year on Sunday afternoons. The emphasis is on early (pre-sectarian) Buddhism.
Meditation and Discussion. This is a weekly meeting primarily for those new to, or renewing, Buddhist practice.
Early Buddhism (Sutta) Discussion Group. This group, open by invitation, or two those who have completed Buddhist Life/Buddhist Path, is an informal discussion, focused on topics chosen each week, but typically on reading particular discourses of the Buddha.
Children’s Classes. These teach Buddhist conduct, ethics, generosity, respect, rituals and chanting, and fundamental teachings of Buddhism (Dhamma) to middle-aged children. These classes are in English (the other monks offer classes in Burmese), primarily attended by Burmese children, but all children are welcome.
Pali. This is informal instruction in the liturgical language of Theravada Buddhism and the original language of the suttas.
Vinaya. The Vinaya is the traditional monastic code, dating from the time of the Buddha. Bhante Cintita teaches Vinaya opportunistically depending on demand, generally for anyone contemplating or intending monastic ordination, though anyone is welcome to participate.
Buddhism for New Monks and Nuns. SBV frequently offers temporary ordination, most commonly teenage boys according to Burmese tradition, after which monastics live at the monastery for one week. In addition to regular meditation sessions, monastics take classes on Buddhist topics.
Workshops, Seminars and Retreats
The Twelve Links of Dependent Co-Arising. Dependent co-arising (paticca-samuppada) is an entrance into an understanding (1) of the nature of the human dilemma, that is, how we have managed to get ourselves so ensnarled in samsaric existence, and, at the same time, (2) of the resolution of that dilemma, that is, how we can disentangle ourselves to achieve final liberation. This is a weekend retreat.
Please visit the Sitagu Buddha Vihara schedule page or contact Bhante Cintita about upcoming classes. If there is a course you would like to see offered (Pali?, history of Buddhism?, etc.), please feel free to make suggestions.