Western society has a compelling tendency to adapt every issue of life to the needs of the self.

Self-compassion. Self-help. Self-acceptance. From a separate self to a connected self. True Self.

A spiritual self. Self- enlightenment. The list goes on….

Teachers and others certainly can employ such language but you will not find such words in 10,000 discourses of the Buddha. Nowhere does the Buddha attach such words to self. Why?

You will find frequently teachings on non-self, non-I and non-My, no self-existence of anybody or anything anywhere.

The class is 1.5 hours long and begins at 11am PT / 2pm ET / 7pm GMT / 8pm CET. Sunday 23 September 2021

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30 minutes. Guided Meditation; 30 mins Dharma Talk on theme; 30 minutes Questions and Answers.

It is much easier to grasp onto the notion of the self, as it seems to have a substance, whether a separate self or a connected self, whether self-blame of self-compassion.

Contemporary teachings of the self can offer a genuine benefit – self-compassion, self-acceptance, a spiritual self feels much better than the opposite.

If your primary wish consists of feeling better about yourself, then these terms can work for you. Do employ them. A meditator can experience genuine benefit through the practice of self-compassion. The practice can reduce much self-blame and self-hate. What does it mean to go deeper than giving priority to the self?

A Matter of Depth

Depth goes far, far deeper than self-interest.

Depth leaves behind the story of the self – the construct of the personal history and whole baggage of formations that put it together to stick to a notion of a self.

Dharma primarily concerns itself with the deep, not with the comfortable, not with the gratification of the self.

This talk addresses compassion as an action to reduce and end suffering in the world around. Teachings point to the emptiness of building up the self around compassion and an awakened self.

Two wings of Dharma

The Dharma flies with two wings – compassion and wisdom.

Compassion emerges from a liberated wisdom.

That happens when constructs in the mind lose their significance.

The emptiness of self and the emptiness of dependency on feeling tones take priority.

This talk will also explore the contraction of compassion into self-interest.

The liberation of compassion reveals the dissolution of ‘I’ and ‘my.’

The teachings will offer a reminder of the meaning of ‘acting out of compassion.’

Here are Five Areas for Reflection

 With self-compassion, am I settling for something less than the best?

  1. How can self-compassion reveal the emptiness of self-interest?
  2. Why is the entire story of our lives such a minor detail in the Great Expanse?
  3. What does emptiness of self-existence mean?
  4. Why does natural empathy and compassion emerge through seeing the emptiness of self?



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