Workshop Bhikkhu Analayo

"Protecting Oneself and Others Through Mindfulness"

The main theme of this workshop will be the interrelation between giving priority to one's own development and concern for others. How these two at first sight conflicting options can be brought into harmony is explained in the Sedaka-sutta, which describes the harmonious cooperation of two acrobats during a public performance. According to the explanation given in this discourse, just as the two acrobats need to look after their own balance in order to be able to look after each other and perform their feat, in the same way the practice of mindfulness establishes the required inner "balance" that enables benefitting others.

During the workshop, we will read and compare an English translation of the Sedaka-sutta (Theravada tradition) with an English translation of a parallel version of the same discourse preserved in Chinese translation (Mulasarvastivada tradition). Then we will form study groups to explore in what way caring for oneself through mindfulness practice becomes a way of helping others, and how in turn caring for others becomes a way of developing oneself.

The workshop will be held in English.

Bhikkhu Analayo

Bhikkhu Analayo was born in Germany in 1962 and ordained in Sri Lanka in 1995. In the year 2000 he completed a Ph.D. thesis on the Satipatthana-sutta at the University of Peradeniya (published by Windhorse in the UK). In the year 2007 he completed a habilitation research at the University of Marburg, in which he compared the Majjhima-nikaya discourses with their Chinese, Sanskrit, and Tibetan counterparts. At present, he is a member of the Centre for Buddhist Studies, University of Hamburg, as a Privatdozent (the German equivalent to an associate professorship), and works as a researcher at Dharma Drum Buddhist College, Taiwan. Besides his academic activities, he regularly teaches meditation in Sri Lanka.