Working With Selflessness January 22 2020

This is the second talk in a series investigating some key characteristics of Buddhist practice, focusing on Anatta, (Ah-nah-tah), the absence of an enduring and autonomous self.  During the talk, Peter read excerpts from various Suttas that described the Buddha’s approach to teaching this liberating insight to others.  The Buddha refused to speculate on whether […]


Relationships And The Dharma

In the Upaddha Sutta, the Buddha explains to his attendant Ananda the crucial importance of relationship for realizing the Four Noble Truths (the quote is found in the notes attached to this posting).  Modern psychological research validates this belief–we are inherently social animals and co-create each other through our interpersonal exchanges.  the concepts are described during the discussion, connecting the Buddhist principles of virtuous relationship and the discipline of mindfulness of breathing meditation in the process of awakening–this could be called “Right Relationship”.  The explanation was followed by discussion on how different applications of “kalyana mitta” (spiritual friendship) can become part of daily relationship experiences.

Here are the notes prepared for this discussion:  BUDDHISM AND RELATIONSHIP NOTES