One of the more basic and powerful realizations to emerge from carefully paying attention, moment by moment, to our direct and immediate experience is that everything—without exception—is moving. This unrelenting, unpredictable and uncontrollable happening is both the fact of what is and the fact of what we are. This includes absolutely everything and we do not exist apart from this. As our experience and understanding of impermanence deepens we may begin to wonder how this insight will affect our sense of who we, and others, actually are.
If everything is moving how can there be any solid thing here, there or anywhere to be called something? And yet, it is undeniable that each of us experiences our own sense of being and that of others. Is there a separate “me” somehow existing apart from all of this? Or are we one movement? Who is making choices and running “my” life? If the Buddha’s core teaching is true, then what does this mean for “ME”?
We will explore these potentially life-changing questions and insights through guided instruction, sitting and walking practice and discussion. This course will be most useful for those who have a solidly established and regular sitting practice.
Suggested Reading: Dismantling the Fantasy and Buddhessence by Darryl Bailey (available through the author's website)
Doug Phillips has taught insight meditation since 1995. He brings a strong commitment and interest to the integration of formal practice and intimacy in relationships in daily living. His teaching has been deeply influenced by Larry Rosenberg, Vimala Thakar and J. Krishnamurti, and he is the Senior Guiding Teacher for Empty Sky Sangha in West Cornwall, CT and Lexington, MA. Doug is also an authorized teacher of Koan Zen in the Soto tradition and a psychologist in private practice in Newton, MA.