Perhaps the strangest Buddhist teaching is “no self” or “not-self” (anatta). What does that mean? How is it experienced? In contemporary terms, our sense of self is a psychological and social construct which, because it doesn’t correspond to anything real, is inherently insecure. We usually experience this as a persistent sense of lack: the feeling that “something is wrong with me”, “I’m not good enough.” Thinking and acting this way causes many problems, not only for ourselves, but for society as a whole. The Buddhist path is about deconstructing and reconstructing this delusive sense of separate self, so that we can experience the world, including ourselves, more nondually.
To understand how our sense of lack arises; how our sense of lack consciously and unconsciously affects our lives and our society; and how Buddhist practice addresses our sense of lack.
Suitable for both beginning and experienced practitioners.