The Three Characteristics: The Characteristic of Impermanence
with Andrew Olendzki
Saturday, February 9th, 2019 | 10:00am-5:00pm
The Three Characteristics teachings will be offered as three daylong workshops (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.
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 Characteristic of Impermanence Feb 9, 2019
The idea that everything changes is widely understood, but the actual experience of everything changing is rarer and is potentially transformative. Insight meditation gives us access to the phenomenology of experience and points to specific ways we can learn to observe and explore the ongoing changes of mind and body. This day-long workshop focuses on the teachings and practices expressed in the earliest Buddhist texts that guide a practitioner through deepening stages of engagement with experience, thereby revealing the changing nature of mental and physical states. Insight into impermanence brings with it the wisdom to let go of what has just passed and open fully to what emerges next.
The Characteristic of Suffering Mar 16, 2019
The central Buddhist teaching on suffering is among its most misunderstood ideas since the word has only negative connotations in our language. The noble truth of suffering is not the same as ordinary unpleasantness and holds the promise of more profound well-being than the simple escape from pain. Shifting from an abstract conception of suffering to exploring the detailed experiences of mind and body accessed through insight meditation, this day-long workshop examines the texts and practices of early Buddhism that bring out a more nuanced understanding of suffering and its cessation. Insight into suffering enables letting go of wanting things to be different than they are, accessing the wisdom of being with things just as they are.
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.
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