This workshop will be an exploration of the central Buddhist teaching of the “Three Characteristics of Existence”. These three universal characteristics -- impermanence, dissatisfaction and not-self -- can be thought of as the infrastructure of life. 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 Dharma. 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.
This program is appropriate for both new and experienced meditators and will include meditation (with instructions), walking/reflective periods, and a Dhamma talk.
Tuere Sala is a Guiding Teacher at the Seattle Insight Meditation Society and a retired prosecuting attorney who has practiced Vipassana meditation for over 25 years. She believes that urban meditation is the foundation for today’s practitioner’s path to liberation. Tuere has a long history of assisting others in establishing and maintaining a daily practice, including practitioners living with high stress, or past trauma, and those who have difficulty sitting still. She is inspired by bringing the Dharma to nontraditional places. Her teachings reflect an approach to the Dharma that is easy to follow and understand -- making it accessible to everyone.