Ajahn Sujato - Buddhist Mythology: The Sacred and the Profane

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Reading up on Myths and Mythology

The first video wonderfully explains Bhante’s own encounter with the issue of Bhikhunni ordination in the context of uprooting preconceptions of any sort. The journey starts with a story about a … mango. :heart:


I liked how Bhikkhu @Sujato quoted Bob Dylan when discussing the story of Abraham’s son. In common with many of Dylan’s songs, this one mixes ancient mythology with the modern. In this case the mythology of Highway 61 as the cradle of the Blues. To me, this really brought the purpose of myth into focus…

Oh God said to Abraham, “Kill me a son”
Abe said, “Man, you must be puttin’ me on”
God say, “No.”
Abe say, “What?”
God say, “You can do what you want, Abe, but
The next time you see me comin’ you better run”
Well Abe says, “Where you want this killin’ done?”
God says, “Out on Highway 61”
Bob Dylan – Highway 61 Revisited Lyrics | Genius Lyrics


Where do you find Jataka tales in Sutta Central?


In the Kuddhanikaya.


Thanks Mike.



Is it possible to share the slides of the course? I’ve watched two of the three episodes so far and find them very interesting. So thanks a lot for sharing them in the first place!


After listening to Bhante Sujato’s presentation some interesting thought came to me.
Why monks ware golden (yellow) robes?
Because they (monks) are un untarnishable like the gold.


I checked both the Youtube and the Buddhist Library site but unfortunately the presentations are not published at either site as a separate download.

Maybe Bhante @sujato or @michaelh can help us with that (and also with information whether the final part (four) was recorded and will be available online)?


I listend to three parts in Youtube.


I would have interpreted the golden pe-cock story in a different way.
For me, the golden peacock is the Jhana practitioner, Pea-hen is Mara’s snare, the snare is the fetters or five hindrances.
The moral of the story is, even if you break your Jhana practice for one moment Mara can get hold to you. However, you still benefit the fruit of your Jhana practice in your death bed and have a favorable rebirth.


Have watched the first one. Will watch it again before proceeding. Pacing myself, as it evokes previous studies I have made. :slight_smile: Enjoying very much.


Is there a link to MP3s? My internet here is a bit slow.

and +1 to the request for the slides. :smile: Thanks!


Here you go, bhante :smile:


Part 4 is a work in progress, I have to edit together the slides as I wasn’t able to get to the last session!
Thanks @musiko for posting and transcoding these :slight_smile:

Anagarika @sabbamitta was also asking about the last session


Thanks to all of you for your awesome work which makes treasures like this course accessible to many! :pray:


Do you need copies of the slides?


Yes please Bhante :slight_smile:


Part 3 is very interesting! Sadhu bhante! :pray:t4:


Added part four (final) and updated the mp3 files here Bhante Sujato---Buddhist Mythology Course---Sydney 2019

A big thanks to @michaelh for providing the recordings of the course! :heart: