Starting today: The Transition Years — Sutta Study Course
Every Tuesday; next session on 2021-06-15T12:00:00Z on the Buddhist Insights YouTube Channel.
Over the next few weeks, we’ll read and discuss suttas connected with the last years of the Buddha’s life, and the period of transition after his parinibbana, when the sangha had to find their own way without their founder. We’ll explore the Buddha’s preparations for the time after his passing and the preservation of his dhamma, and trace the developments and struggles the early sangha faced on their own. We’ll see that, just as in modern times, the early sangha already debated issues like gender discrimination, or ascetic recluseship vs. social engagement.