October 3, 2021


Name Heart Insight Brisbane Meditation Group



Exploring Insight – A series of talks on the three characteristics for Heart Insight Brisbane Meditation Group

This is a series of talks exploring the three characteristics of impermanence (anicca), pain (dukkha) and not-self (anatta). For the Buddha, “insight” means seeing into these three characteristics. At the moment it looks like these talks will be delivered online via Zoom, although this can change depending on the pandemic.

The talks will be held during the Heart Insight meeting, which takes place from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) on Sunday nights. There will be five talks: Sunday 6 June; Sunday 4 July; Sunday 1 August; Sunday 3 October; and Sunday 5 December.

Zoom Meeting Details:
Meeting ID: 829 5307 6905
Passcode: 416428

For more information about Heart Insight, visit their website.

Sunday 1 August 2021
Exploring Dukkha

The second characteristic of experience is dukkha, classically translated as “suffering.” However, there is no English equivalent for dukkha because it covers the whole range of disagreeable experiences, from the most extreme agony to the subtlest dis-ease. Why does the Buddha see it as so important? Where does it fit in our meditation practice? How does it provide us with “insight” (vipassanā)? We will explore these and related questions during this talk.

Sunday 3 October
Is anyone here?

Tonight we explore the Buddha’s teaching of anattā (not-self) by examining the cultural and historical context within which the Buddha practised and taught. The young dharma student who subsequently became the Buddha was deeply steeped in the tradition of the Upaniṣads, and in particular the Bṛhadāraṇyaka Upaniṣad. At the centre of this tradition was the teaching of ātman. Yet, once he became a teacher in his own right the Buddha taught the exact opposite – anātman, or in Pāli, anattā. Why did he do this? What was the problem he saw in the ātman-vada, the doctrine of self, that made him so determined to abandon it?

Sunday 5 December
Practising not-self

In our first talk on anattā we looked at why the Buddha rejected the teaching of ājtman (self) in favour of anātman (not-self). Tonight we will explore what he meant by not-self and how this perception appears in our practice.

The recordings of these talks are available on the Audio page of this website, or you can access them directly from SoundCloud.