TOPIC FOR THE MAY 12, 2021 ZOOM MEETING
Hi Fellow Travelers–Thanks to the causes and conditions provided by the Covid-19 virus there will no assemblies in our meditation cottage until circumstances make it safe to assemble in groups. As I understand how Zoom works, you must preregister at the site Zoom.us, entering the URL : https://us04web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUuf-2srDMtnERzureO8f2K4iQeRCf-dQ and using the password 620329 in order to participate in the events; registering one time will provide access to all the upcoming meetings, as long as we continue streaming them. As I understand the way it works, the meeting can be accessed by smartphone as well as any internet-connected computer system, following the instructions at the Zoom website. The meetings will be recorded and posted on the website as usual.
The focus on May 12 will provide an opportunity for one of our Sangha, Will Lindemann, to report on a recent self-retreat. It can be quite beneficial for someone to “think out loud” about his or her experience with a knowledgeable audience, as this helps the person integrate the experience more thoroughly. Will and I spoke about this earlier and I believe he has some interesting things to say about the retreat. Next week’s focus will be on the remaining core concept, anatta. I hope you will participate in the streaming meeting and I wish you well. Peter
This is the second of three Dharma talks focusing on the Three Characteristics of Buddhism: Anicca, Dukkha and Anatta. The previous talk was on April 28 and focused on Dukkha, and this one focuses on Anicca, typically translated as impermanence. During the talk transitory nature of objective experience was reviewed as well as several approaches to developing direct awareness of this experience while practicing mindfulness meditation in various ways.
Here are the notes prepared for this talk: Buddhist Three Characteristics Part 2
Next week’s talk will focus on reviewing Anatta, the absence of an enduring/autonomous self.