One of the ways to understand the Buddha's teaching on the liberation from unhappiness, discontent and sorrow in our lives is through a deep, experiential understanding of two fundamental aspects of all existence:
- The impermanent, insubstantial, unpredictable mysterious movement that we are, that everything is; and
- That because nothing is fundamentally solid (hence not-a-thing), there is no solid core to be found that is a stable, unchanging self or essence.
This understanding is found in all contemplative traditions and is emphasized with power and clarity in certain approaches to both Vipassana and Zen.
Using a few simple questions, we will explore these fundamental aspects of the Buddha's teaching with a focus on direct, transformative understanding, both in formal sitting and walking practice and in our lives outside of formal practice.
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.