12 Links of Dependent Co-Arising
An Advanced Buddhist Workshop
American Bodhi Center, Hempstead, TX
February 10-12, 2017 (7pm Fri – 5pm Sun)
Bhikkhu Cintita Dinsmore
” Whoever sees dependent co-arising sees the Dhamma;
Whoever sees the Dhamma sees dependent co-arising. ”
– The Buddha, MN 28
No other of the major teachings – neither the four noble truths, nor the five aggregates, nor the six sense spheres – provides such a comprehensive understanding of human mind as the chain 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. Unfortunately, this profound and often misinterpreted teaching is generally poorly understood by most Buddhists.
This workshop will consist of periods of lecture, casual group discussion and meditation and will provide time for exploring the beautiful 500-acre grounds of the American Bodhi Center. Lodging and meals will be provided. The workshop presupposes significant familiarity, even if puzzled, with fundamental Buddhist teachings on the part of participants. Teachers of Dharma are particularly encouraged to attend.
Bhikkhu Cintita is an American-born Burmese-ordained Buddhist monk. In his younger days he was a successful scholar of linguistics, cognitive science and artificial intelligence, a professor, an inept businessman and a corporate researcher and developer. He dropped out of his professional life to become a Soto Zen priest for some years, before entering fully into monastic life. He studies, meditates, teaches, writes and sweeps leaves at the Sitagu Buddha Vihara in Austin.
American Bodhi Center
29123 Mellman Road
Hempstead, TX 77445
Bhikkhu Cintita’s email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please submit the first page of this registration form via email or mail to Jade Buddha Temple 6969 Westbranch Drive Houston, TX 77072-2163, att. Barbara Homann, email@example.com. Applications must be received by February 3. The consent and conduct forms include information on what to bring and can be filled out upon arrival. Please contact Bhante Cintita if you have any questions. There is no cost for this retreat, but donations to ABC are welcome (in fact necessary from someone if not from you).
6:00 – 7:00pm, Arrival and check-in
5:00pm, End, departure
Materials from the retreat
- Bhikkhu Bodhi, The Great Discourse on Causation.
- Bhante C.’s writings on this topic:
- Bhikkhu Nyanananda’s publications found here.