This retreat will be an exploration of the central Buddhist teaching of the Three Characteristics. These three universal characteristics -- impermanence, dissatisfaction and not-self -- can be thought of as the infrastructure of life.
All that exists in the universe is subject to these characteristics:
- Impermanence (anicca), which means everything is limited to a certain duration and, consequently, will eventually change.
- Dissatisfaction (dukkha), which means the because of the inevitable changing nature of all phenomena we are subject to suffer, worry and dissatisfaction with life.
- Non-self (anatta), which means that there is nothing that can be relied upon to bring lasting happiness. There is nothing that can be permanently controlled.
Through meditation practice we can acquaint ourselves with their truth and strengthen our awareness of their presence in the whole of our experience.
The more we learn to move within the natural stream of the Three Characteristics, the more directly we will experience the freedom of Dhamma. The understanding of impermanence is an antidote to attachment and ill will. The understanding of dissatisfaction is an antidote to craving and clinging. The understanding of not-self is an antidote to the suffering that arises from our misconception that we are a disconnected, independent self.
Everyone who identifies as a person-of-color is welcome. This program is appropriate for both new and experienced meditators and will include meditation (with instructions), walking and reflective periods, and a Dhamma talk.
Tuere Sala is a Guiding Teacher at the Seattle Insight Meditation Society and a retired prosecuting attorney. She has over 25 years of Buddhist meditation experience and is currently a participant in IMS’s 2017-2021 Teacher Training Program. Tuere believes that urban meditation is the foundation for today’s practitioner’s path to liberation. She is inspired by bringing the Dharma to nontraditional places and is a strong advocate for practitioners living with high stress, past trauma and difficulties sitting still. Her teachings reflect an approach to Dharma that is both easy to follow and understand – making it accessible to everyone.