Online: Investigating the Three Characteristics of Existence

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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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Elaine Retholtz

Elaine RetholtzElaine Retholtz has been studying and practicing the Dharma since 1988. In addition to teaching Dharma at New York Insight, she is a certified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction teacher and has a deep interest in helping students integrate mindfulness practice into daily life. Elaine is committed to deepening her own understanding of issues of diversity and the way racial conditioning in the United States affects all of us — both as individuals and in relationship to the institutions we are a part of, including New York Insight. She’s been involved in New York Insight’s diversity efforts for many years, serving on the diversity committee, and working with others to create spaces – for diverse groups of practitioners as well as for white practitioners meeting separately – to explore these issues within a Dharma frame.

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