The Three Characteristics: The Characteristic of Non-Self
with Andrew Olendzki
Saturday, April 13th, 2019 | 10:00am-5:00pm
The Characteristic of Non-Self Apr 13, 2019
No Buddhist idea is more central or more perplexing than non-self. Yet insight into non-self is the pivot point of wisdom, the gateway through which all the other teachings suddenly make sense. The realization that a person is not what we normally take them to be arises gradually and naturally from the careful observation of moment-to-moment experience in the mind and body, and has the potential of changing everything. This day-long workshop examines the early Buddhist texts and practices that walk us through this territory and provides an opportunity to understand the teaching of non-self in a way that is inspiring rather than challenging. Insight into non-self constitutes the wisdom that is ultimately liberating, in both large and small ways.
The Three Characteristics
In classical Buddhist tradition meditation is not an end in itself, but a means of accessing wisdom. Mindfulness meditation is meant to lead to insight into the three characteristics of experience, namely impermanence, suffering, and non-self. This three-part program examines each of these in turn, emphasizing how each is encountered, not theoretically, but in the moment-to-moment flow of the mind and body. The program consists of lecture, discussion, and meditation practice. Beginners will find the language and the practices accessible, while experienced meditators will be guided towards the deeper meaning of insight meditation. The Three Characteristics teachings will be offered as three daylong workshop (Saturdays: February 9, March 16, April 13, 2019) perfect as a series to deepen your practice or complete teachings as standalone daylong workshops so feel free to take one, two or all three.
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