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.
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 new and experienced Dharma practitioners as well as anyone interested in philosophy as a way of life.
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 teachers, Joh Peacock and Stephen Batchelor, are faculty members of Bodhi College.
New dates will be published soon.
Registration will be possible when new dates are published.