The Pali word “bhava” is arguably one of the most critical words in the teachings of the Buddha. It occupies a central place in the chain of twelve links of dependent-arising, and infuses the tetrad of craving-clinging-becoming within those links. However, when translated as “being” rather than becoming, it takes on a different hue and meaning, and it takes us into a different orientation for our training in meditation and wisdom. This course will focus on Buddha’s teachings on view and intention in order to sort out the consequences of using bhava as either being or becoming.
Suggested reading for the course is Ajahn Thanissaro’s The Paradox of Becoming.