Content

Discussions of self in Buddhism invariably slip into metaphysical arguments about its existence or non-existence. Followers of the Buddha, it is often claimed, assert a doctrine of No-self, in which the self is an illusion and belief in it a source of suffering. This entirely misses the point of the Gotama’s teaching on Not-self (anattā).

Rather than denying the existence of self, Gotama understood it as a radically contingent and impermanent process. The self is thus a work-in-progress that is neither permanent nor illusory. By becoming aware of this everyday ‘self-ing’ process, we can undermine fixed notions of who we are and thus free ourselves to flourish as the ethical persons we aspire to be.

Program

Through seminars, meditation and discussion, we will offer a positive and dynamic view of self that is founded on a fresh reading of early Buddhist discourses as well as Western psychological and philosophical insights into what it means to be a person.

For whom

For new and experienced Dharma practitioners as well as anyone interested in philosophy as a way of life.

In cooperation with Bodhi College

This workshop is organized in collaboration with Bodhi College Bodhi College, a European institute that has as its objective to make early Buddhist teaching available for today. The teacher, Akincano Weber, is a faculty member of Bodhi College.

Startdates

List of startdates for training Self and Not-Self: Illusion or Work-in-progress?