Study Session on the Buddha's Teachings on Anatta (Not-Self)

  • 15 Feb 2020
  • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Chamblee
  • 9

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About The Class

"Shariputra," said the Buddha, "form does not differ from emptiness, emptiness does not differ from form....

Therefore, given emptiness, there is no form, no sensation, no perception, no formation, no consciousness;

no eyes, no ears, no nose, no tongue, no body, no mind;

no sight, no sound, no smell, no taste, no touch, no object of mind...."

-- from the Heart of Great Wisdom Sutra

Throughout his teachings, the Buddha emphasized an understanding commonly called "No Self" or "Not-Self" and frequently asked his listeners to reflect on the saying "This is not me; this is not mine, I am not this." That is because the Buddha saw that holding to "me, mine, and I" causes suffering.

Yet this teaching can seem, at first, hard to reconcile with our daily lives -- who is the entity who goes to work, cares for our children and pets, who showers each day, makes meals, drives a car and goes for walks or hikes?

This study session will examine two short suttas in depth: first, the second sermon the Buddha gave after his enlightenment, which was on the subject of Anatta or Not-Self, and second, the Heart of Great Wisdom Sutra that we recite on Sunday mornings at RCS. We'll also look at several short poems generally considered among the Buddha's earliest teachings.

Study guides will be provided and we'll take turns reading the suttas, poems, and some teacher commentaries on them. There will be ample opportunities for discussion and Q&A along with time for reflection during short meditation periods.

When: Saturday, February 15th, 2020, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

How: The session is free and a simple vegetarian lunch and snacks are provided and is also free.

Where: The Red Clay Sangha at 3420 W. Hospital Ave. Ste 102 Chamblee, GA 30341


About the Study Session Leader

Elizabeth A. Gibson has been a Buddhist practitioner for eleven years, primarily in the Insight/Vipassana tradition. She is a technical writer and poet and has lived in Atlanta for ten years.

Questions? Please email Elizabeth Gibson.

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