The purpose of this autonomous and open-ended 13-week Advayavada Study Plan (ASP), which can conveniently be repeated four times in a calendar year, is that we study and debate in a local group, the family circle or with good friends the meaning and implications of the weekly subject, not as a formal and impersonal intellectual exercise, but in the context of whatever we ourselves are presently doing or are concerned with, or about, or affected by, such as our health, relationships and responsibilities, work, study, physical (including climate change) and social environment and circumstances, etc. Advayavada Buddhism does not tell you what to do or believe, but how to make the very best of our own lives by becoming as wondrous overall existence advancing over time now in its manifest direction.
Week of the current year and subject:
01, 14, 27 and 40 : The impermanence of all existents (First Sign of Being).
02, 15, 28 and 41 : The selflessness of all existents (Second Sign of Being).
03, 16, 29 and 42 : Existential suffering (Third Sign of Being and First Noble Truth).
04, 17, 30 and 43 : Craving and its elimination (Second and Third Noble Truths).
05, 18, 31 and 44 : Path and Progress (Fourth Noble Truth and Fourth Sign of Being).
The Noble Eightfold Path:
06, 19, 32 and 45 : Our very best comprehension (First Step on the Noble Eightfold Path).
07, 20, 33 and 46 : Our very best resolution (Second Step on the Noble Eightfold Path).
08, 21, 34 and 47 : Our very best enunciation (Third Step on the Noble Eightfold Path).
09, 22, 35 and 48 : Our very best disposition (Fourth Step on the Noble Eightfold Path).
10, 23, 36 and 49 : Our very best implementation (Fifth Step on the Noble Eightfold Path).
11, 24, 37 and 50 : Our very best effort (Sixth Step on the Noble Eightfold Path).
12, 25, 38 and 51 : Our very best observation (Seventh Step on the Noble Eightfold Path).
13, 26, 39 and 52 : Our very best meditation (Eighth Step on the Noble Eightfold Path).
…and so forth!
Tip: Write down the weekly subject in your pocket diary!