Dharma Discussion

Impermanence & Contentment

February 25, 2018
4:30 PM

Presented by
Beth Adelson

To be held at
The Philadelphia Meditation Center
8 East Eagle Road

This talk is offered freely
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Impermanence & Contentment
Abstract

Nyanaponika Thera  writes  in https://www.accesstoHYPERLINK "https://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/various/wheel186.html"iHYPERLINK "https://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/various/wheel186.html"nsight.org/lib/authoHYPERLINK "https://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/various/wheel186.html"rHYPERLINK "https://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/various/wheel186.html"s/various/wheel186.html  "Pt I.: Anicca" in The 3 Basic Facts of Existence:  "[Three] features common to all life were first found and formulated over 2500 years ago by the Buddha…They are the Three Characteristics of all that is conditioned, i.e., dependently arisen… These three basic facts of all existence are: Impermanence or Change (annica), Suffering or Unsatisfactoriness (dukkha), Not-self or Insubstantiality (annata).
Existence can be understood only if these three basic facts are comprehended, and this not only logically, but in confrontation with one's own experience.  Insight-wisdom (vipassana-panna), which is the ultimate liberating factor in Buddhism, consists just of this experience of the three characteristics applied to one's own bodily and mental processes, and deepened and matured in meditation.
To support us in really coming to the above, Guy Armstrong teaches: Sometimes when we start to really experience impermanence it's a wonderful release from the mechanisms that we have repeatedly been using to understandably feel safe & which have been repeatedly failing.    But  sometimes when we start to experience impermanence & the failure of our safety mechanisms, it is distressing .  In  either case the teachings & practices give us alternative, more successful supports.  They show us how turn to our awareness and find stronger & stronger contentment. We will experiment with this teaching on the flow of  impermanence & contentment.

Recommended but not necessary preparation:

  • https://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/various/wheel186.html

  • Pt. 1 Anicca in The 3 Basic Facts of Existence
  • Containing writings by:  Nyanaponika Thera,  Piyadassi Thera & Bhikkhu Ñanajivako
  • Four talks by Guy Armstrong on Impermanence & the end of suffering at dharmaseed.org:
  • In order of importance for this discussion
  •   http://dharmaseed.org/teacher/79/?search=
  • 2017-10-12the 3rd noble truth

  • http://dharmaseed.org/teacher/79/?search=impermanence
1:  2012-03-21,  2:   2009-10-05, 3:  2005-02-03