Bhikkhu Bodhi: Introduction to Buddhism Series – 1. The Buddha

01.The Buddha

Title: Introduction to Buddhism Series (The Buddha’s Teaching As It Is) – 01.The Buddha
Lecturer: Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
Place: Washington Buddhist Vihara
Date: 1981
Source: Dharma Seed

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*Reference books of Lecture What the Buddha Taught by Walpola Rahula

Fundamentals of Buddhism by Peter Santina

In the fall of 1979, while living at the Washington Buddhist Vihara, Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi gave a series of lectures on the fundamental teachings of Early Buddhism. Bhante Gunaratana, at the time the President of the Buddhist Vihara Society, suggested he record the lectures so that the Vihara could distribute them as a set of cassette tapes. In the summer of 1981, Ven. Bodhi recorded his ten lectures in the basement of the Washington Buddhist Vihara, using an ordinary, nonprofessional recorder. An enthusiastic lay supporter had the master copies reproduced in large quantities for expanded distribution. They have continued to be distributed on tape and as CDs for over twenty-five years, and are considered “public domain” for anyone to copy and distribute freely.

Introduction to Lecturer: Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi (Jeffrey Block is born on December 10, 1944) is an American Theravada Buddhist monk, ordained in Sri Lanka and currently teaching in the New York and New Jersey area. He was appointed the second president of the Buddhist Publication Society and has edited and authored several publications grounded in the Theravada Buddhist tradition. Bhikkhu Bodhi is founder of the organization Buddhist Global Relief, which funds projects to fight hunger and to empower women across the world.

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