Selves & Not Self with Thanissaro Bhikkhu
March 4 @ 10:30 am - 3:30 pm PST
Saturday, March 4, 2023, 10:30 AM -12pm and 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM PDT
Note: This event has been rescheduled from September 2022.
This event is co-sponsored by the San Francisco Bay parisā, an assembly of people dedicated to practicing in line with Ven. Thanissaro Bhikkhu’s teachings.
The Buddha teaches that the five aggregates—form, feeling, perceptions, thought-fabrications, and consciousness—are not self. He also teaches, however, that a healthy sense of self is necessary for the practice. This daylong—through readings, talks, and discussions—will attempt to resolve this paradox by focusing on the questions that the Buddha’s self teachings and not-self teachings were and were not meant to answer. In particular, we will focus on how perceptions of “self” and “not-self” are types of action, so that we can understand how and when they are skillful, so that we can get the most use out of them before we let them both go.
This class is free to attend and everyone is welcome.
Ajaan Thanissaro (Geoff) is an American monk of the Thai forest tradition. After graduating from Oberlin College in 1971 with a degree in European Intellectual History, he studied meditation under Ajaan Fuang Jotiko in Thailand and ordained in 1976. In 1991 he helped establish Metta Forest Monastery in San Diego, CA where he is the abbot. He is a prolific writer and translator. Many of his works can be found online at www.dhammatalks.org.