What Am I?
This is the fourth segment of our five segment series on the Madhyamaka, or the Middle Way teachings of the Buddha, called Radical Rejection: Parting from Extreme Views about Reality. This series is based upon the text Introduction to the Middle Way by Chandrakirti, with commentaries by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche and Mipham Rinpoche, plus additional supplementary sources.
This segment will focus on the refutation of the “truly existent self of persons.” This segment will be easily accessible to newcomers and will include guided contemplation in each class. We will focus on the understanding our notion of the self, how this relates to the five skandhas, or aggregates, what are the aggregates, and how to begin to unravel our fixation on the self through a gradual contemplative investigation, or analytical meditation.
Teachers of this segment will be Derek Kolleeny, Michele Laporte and Ronald Stiskin. Open to all graduates of SSBS or an equivalent level of practice and study.