Early Buddhist Theory of Knowledge (ONLINE); August-September

21 August 2021 - 25 September 2021
  • Day:Saturday
  • Time:3.00PM - 5.00PM AEST
  • No of Sessions:5
  • Duration:2 hours
  • Organising Entity:Buddhist Library and Friends of Bhante Sujato
  • Event Speaker:Bhante Sujato
  • Enquiries:info@buddhistlibrary.org.au or (02) 9519 6054
  • Location:Buddhist Library
  • Attendance Mode:Zoom Only Event
  • Contribution:By donation
  • Course Details:

    21 August 2021

    28 August 2021

    11 September 2021

    18 September 2021

    25 September 2021

    Important notice: due to previously unforeseen schedule clash there will be no class on Saturday, 04 September 2021. Bhante will offer a session on 25 September instead.
    Bhante Sujato will be teaching 5 classes in August and September based on Professor K.N Jayatilake’s Early Buddhist Theory of Knowledge. A book Bhante mentioned which has shaped his personal growth and the spiritual path. Professor K.N Jayatilake was an accomplished philologist, historian and philosopher, who analysed the relevant earlier and later texts and traces the epistemological foundations of Pali canonical thought from a Vedic period onwards. Jayatilake became the head of philosophy department in the Peradeniya university in 1964. Early Buddhist Theory of Knowledge was first published in 1963.
    This is a series not to be missed if you are interested to to find out more about the basic problems of the conflict between metaphysics and logical and linguistic analysts.


    Teacher Profile

    Bhante Sujato is an Australian Theravada Buddhist monk ordained in Thailand in 1994. He played in a not-so-successful rock band called Martha’s Vineyard for many years before he joined an intensive Buddhist retreat in Thailand, which introduced him to the Buddha’s teachings.

    Besides spending 3 years in the Bodhinyana monastery with Ajahn Brahm, he also spent several years in remote hermitages and caves in Thailand in Malaysia.

    Bhante Sujato has taught the Dhamma and meditation to a varied audience in Australia and internationally such as Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, The USA, Germany, Norway, India, Hongkong, Taiwan, Sri Lanka and many others, and has spoken at several major international Buddhist conferences and events. He also helped to establish the Santi Forest Monastery in Bundanoon, where he was the abbot for many years.

    Bhante Sujato has become well known for his articulate support for the fully ordained Bhikkhuni lineage. A special field of interest is the role of women in Buddhism and particularly the revival of the Bhikkhuni order within the Theravada tradition. As well as being a meditator and teacher, Bhante Sujato is a scholar of early Buddhism, with several books and essays of original and often groundbreaking research. He contributes to Buddhism in Australia through a wide variety of forums and organisations, including the Australian Sangha Association, Federation of Australian Buddhist Councils, Australia Partnership of Religious Organisations, Australian Association of Buddhist Councillors and Psychotherapists, Australian Association of Buddhist Studies, and Australian Religious Response to Climate Change.

    Bhante Sujato is also the founder of SuttaCentral.net.


    All Sessions by Donation (Dana) to the Buddhist Library. All donations to the Buddhist Library of $2 and over are tax deductible.

    Dana is the traditional practice of generosity, the extending of one’s goodwill, which is fundamental to Buddhism and other spiritual traditions. The instructions and guidance for this course are offered without requesting a fee and it is up to individuals to determine the amount of dana they would like to offer. It can sometimes be easy to become confused when we are new to this and we wonder “how much should I give?” This is a relevant question in the material economy but an appropriate dana cannot be prescribed but requires sensitivity to its intent and awareness of the costs and expenses associated with organising a course.