In the Sallekha Sutta, the Buddha declared “…you might call meditative attainment ‘effacement’—but I call it a ‘peaceful abiding here and now’…” He then taught a list of forty-four engagements that he termed “effacement.” The extraordinary part of this teaching is that it is actually a treatise on anattā, the “rubbing out the self,” yet it offers a clear and doable path to this attainment through identifying the causes of human conflict, and offering means and measures to bring about or restore harmony and mutual respect. Through in-depth study and reflection on this and other suttas, this course will provide a basis for meaningful introspection in how our off-the-cushion practice can lay the groundwork for transformative living, meditative attainment, and deep insight. By coming together as a sangha in this time and place, we create the possibility of embodying these teachings and ensuring their endurance for future generations.
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Effacement: Buddha’s Instructions on “Rubbing Out” the Self
Days: Wed - Mon (5 Nights)
Instructor(s): Pannavati Bhikkhuni
Venerable Pannavati Bhikkhuni is Co-founder and Spiritual Director of Heartwood Refuge in Hendersonville, NC, a multi-lineage retreat center and intentional spiritual community; and Co-Abbot of Embracing Simplicity Hermitage, a 21st century trans-lineage Buddhist Order. Ordained in Theravada and Mahayana traditions and a recipient of numerous international humanitarian awards she is both contemplative and engaged in compassionate action, world-wide. Pannavati currently serves the Global Buddhist Bhikkhuni Association, as a VP for the United States.