The Buddha outlined the ‘3 Characteristics of Existence’ as Impermanence, Unsatisfactoriness, and Non-Self (or anatta).
In this talk, Wes shares how these are foundational to the path of meditation.
- The concept of “Radical impermanence”
- The Tibetan appreciation for our precious existence as human beings.
- How non-self stems from the interdependence with everything,
- That our consciousness is the consciousness of the Universe.
- That human beings are the only creatures that can see ourselves in context.
- Mindfulness is a non-interfering awareness, a clear knowing.
- Freud’s view that our personality can be viewed as a pet.
Wes Nisker, the co-founder and editor of the international Buddhist journal Inquiring Minds, has practiced Vipassana meditation for 30 years. He is the author of “Buddha’s Nature: Evolution as a Guide to Enlightenment,” “Crazy Wisdom: A Romp Through the Philosophies of East and West,” and “The Buddha, the Big Bang, and the Baby Boom: The Spiritual Experiments of My Generation.”
In addition to leading a regular sitting group in Berkeley, he teaches classes in meditation and philosophy at Spirit Rock and at other locations around the country.
Learn more at https://wesnisker.com/