Dharma Talks

Interfaith Sharing Series: Dharma Talks

Join the CEIE Team in our Religica Theolab Interfaith Sharing Series for the 22-23 Academic Year.  This year we focus upon Dharma Talks!  Dharma is a form of teaching and brings multiple meanings from many traditions.  In the podcast below, Steve Wilhelm invites us to consider Dharma in the Buddhist traditions as instructions for awakening, as paths to practice toward awakening, and as a means of aligning ourselves to reality around us.  This year we will hear three speakers who teach us about attachment, suffering, and our limits and freedoms, and more.   

All speakers come from traditions in Buddha Dharma that are unique from, yet clearly resonant with, one another.  Wilhelm responds to the question: “Why do we need a Dharma talk series this year?”  We encourage you to listen to the Podcast and join us at the Religica Theolab Interfaith Sharing Series where we will host our we host our second teacher – Venerable Ayya Santussika Bhikkhuni, Friday, Februray 3, 2023 – 12:00—1:15 PM. To listen and learn about past Dharma Talks and teachers, scroll down below. 

This 2022-2023 Academic Year We Present Three Dharma Series Teachers

Friday, October 21, 2022

Rev. Taijo Imanaka

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Watch the event recording here.

Friday, February 3, 2023

Ven. Ayya Santussika Bhikkhuni

When 12:00 – 1:15 PM – Lunch Series

Where: Virtual and In-Person SU Campus

Friday, April 21, 2023

Zen Master Jeong Ji/Anita Feng

More Information Forthcoming

Friday, February 3, 2023: “The Relief Found in Practicing the Teachings of the Buddha” with Venerable Ayya Santussika Bhikkhuni

Ayya Santussika Bhikkhuni

Venerable Ayya Santussika Bhikkhuni began exploring meditation in the late seventies. In 1996 she joined a Kriya yoga-based center, where she deepened her meditation practice and made spiritual development the central theme of her life. In 2002, she received a Masters of Divinity degree after completing a four-year interfaith seminar program to become a minister. The program emphasized meditation, study of the major world religions, meticulous ethical conduct, and development of the skills required in ministry, such as spiritual guidance counseling, support for the ill and dying, teaching, and conducting ceremonies.

In 1999, Ayya Santussika made her first trip to Thailand to visit her son who had ordained there as a monk in Ajahn Chah’s international monastery, Wat Pah Nanachat. As a guest at the monastery and mother of a monk, she was able to spend a lot of time with the monks and learn from many of Ajahn Chah’s students. Over the years, she traveled to Thailand once or twice each year to stay in various monasteries, learning from master teachers including Ajahn Jayasaro, Ajahn Anan, Ajahn Dtun, Luang Ta Maha Boowa, and Ajahn Pannavaddho. During those years, she also visited Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery many times and in 2003 formally became a student of Ajahn Pasanno. In 2004, she spent time in Australia with Ajahn Brahm and at Ajahn Kalyano’s monastery near Melbourne where she met Ajahn Plien, whose teachings strongly impacted her development.

In 2012, with the help of Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi and her son, Ayya Santussika started Karuna Buddhist Vihara, a neighborhood Theravada monastery. In 2020, the neighborhood monastery moved to the redwood forest near Boulder Creek, CA as the result of a generous offering of land and a cabin. She and her Bhikkhuni sister, Ayya Cittananda are developing the Karuna Buddhist Vihara Forest Hermitage and offering many teachings on-line and in person. Their teachings are primarily based on the suttas of the Pali Canon as they are applied to everyday life and lead to awakening.

Explanation of Buddhist Tradition: 

Theravada literally means “doctrine of the elders” and refers to the oldest and most conservative of the existent schools of Buddhism. The scriptures of Theravada are preserved in the Pali language in a collection called the Pali Canon. The Canon includes the Suttas, the teachings of the Buddha and his disciples, the Vinaya, the monastic code of conduct, and the Abhidhamma, a later development of analysis and summary of the Buddha’s teachings. Theravada is primarily practiced Sri Lanka, Burma (Myanmar), Thailand, Cambodia and Laos. The tradition is led and preserved by monastics, bhikkhus (male) and bhikkhunis (female) who follow the Vinaya laid down by the Buddha.  

Watch Our Past Dharma Talks

The Religica Theolab welcomed Reverend Taijo Imanaka of Seattle Koyasan Buddhist Temple, who leads this local Japanese-style temple in the Shingon tradition. Rev. Imanaka is also a member of the Center’s Advisory Council and known to many of you through various events held here at Seattle University. We are here with Steve Wilhelm, a fellow Advisory Council member, who teaches meditation in the tradition of Early Buddhism. In addition to working at CEIE, I am also a Buddhist minister in the Vietnamese Zen tradition. The three of us are putting on this yearlong series, and we hope you enjoy it. Rev. Imanaka spoke on “A Shingon Temple Responds to Present Day Challenges: War and the Precept of Not-Killing.”

Explore the Podcast with Steve Wilhelm about this Dharma Talk Series

Steve Wilhelm has been engaged in Buddhist practice since 1987. He has studied and practiced in the Tibetan and Vipassana traditions, and has taught dharma at Eastside Insight Meditation since 2000, and more recently at Seattle Insight Meditation Society. He also edits Northwest Dharma Association website, an online publication, and serves on the boards of Clear Mountain Monastery and the Tibetan Nuns Project. He is also a member of the CEIE Advisory Council. He speaks here with CEIE Director Dr. Michael Reid Trice.

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