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Self and Non-Self: Practices for Developing Virtue, Meditation, and Wisdom
Dates: Jun 22, 2021 - Jul 13, 2021
Online Course

Instructor(s): Ayya Santussika

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The Buddha made it clear that a deep understanding and experience of nonself (anattā) is essential for liberation. He also taught about the proper use of the perception of self (attā) for development on the path. We will study a series of suttas that explicate these teachings and use them to derive practices for developing virtue, meditation, and wisdom. There will be a study guide made available to registrants that will include the suttas and questions for contemplation. During our sessions together there will be Dhamma talks, meditation, breakouts into small discussion groups, and a time for questions and reflection. All levels of experience are welcome.

As we work to become a more inclusive, equitable, and diverse community, we invite feedback/suggestions you may have regarding ways that we can make participation in the program more accessible and welcoming; please email us at contact@buddhistinquiry.org.


Online Course: This course will be hosted on the Zoom video conferencing platform and closed captions are available. 

Our intention is to build sangha and provide meaningful virtual interactions with each other and with teachers in our online courses. When registering for this online course, please plan to attend as many sessions as possible. The schedule of Zoom meetings for this course (shown in US Eastern Time) is as follows:


Meeting Time: Tuesdays, 7:00 – 9:00 pm between June 22 – July 13

Meeting Dates: June 22, 29, July 6, 13


Please check the time of the group meetings in your timezone here, and please note that sessions will not be recorded.

  • Ayya Santussika is a Theravada bhikkhuni who is trained and practicing in the Thai Forest tradition. Her faith in the Dhamma developed during many visits to monasteries of Ajahn Chah and his disciples in Thailand, America, England, New Zealand, and Australia beginning in 1998. She has been training as a nun since 2005 in large and small monasteries in both England and America. In 2012, she received full ordination as a bhikkhuni and founded Karuna Buddhist Vihara, where she currently lives, located in the Santa Cruz Mountains near Boulder Creek, California. Her Dhamma teachings are primarily based on the Pali suttas.


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