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Self, Non-Self, and Contemplation of Death (maranaanussati)
Dates: Aug 03, 2018 - Aug 08, 2018
Days: Fri - Wed (5 Nights)

Instructor(s): Sayadaw U Jagara, Mathieu Boisvert

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How do we as Buddhist practitioners deal with the issues of death and dying? If phenomena are non-self (as the Buddha taught) what or who is it that dies? What is the possible role of the teaching of non-self in the process of dying? How can contemplation of death and of the non-beautiful (asubha) increase our quality of life?  These two practices taught by the Buddha are often confused with one another, and overlap at times. In this course, we will contextualize our discussion with some Pali texts on these two topics together with practical meditation instructions.  Our discussion will create a container for personal sharing and investigation of these teachings. Note: Suggested for people who are familiar with Buddhist teachings of anatta (non-self) and anicca (impermanence).