Online: Investigating the Three Characteristics of Existence
with Elaine Retholtz
Mondays, July 12th – August 9th, 2021 | 9:30am – 11:30am ET
The Buddha’s teaching of anatta (not self) is too often misunderstood. In exploring the characteristic of not self, we begin by exploring our views of the self. The Buddha never said there is no self. However nothing we typically relate to as self (body, thoughts, memories, views, emotions, relationships, possessions, etc.) can be relied upon to last and to continue to satisfy. We will investigate the various levels of selfing and its relationship to clinging.
We’ve all experienced impermanence (anicca) first hand in our lives, and would not intellectually challenge that things change. However deeply practicing and investigating anicca has implications for how we choose to live our lives
The Buddha said “I teach one thing and one thing only, Dukkha and the end of Dukkha.” Through laying the groundwork through investigation of Anatta and Anicca, we are ready to explore the three kinds of Dukkha.
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