Discussion: Anatta: 2011 Friday July 22nd

The discussion on Friday 2011 July 22nd, 7pm – 8:50pm, will be facilitated by Steve.

The topic of the discussion will be the Buddhist concept of Anatta (not-self, ownerless) and how it can apply to happiness in modern life and how it can be applied to Vipassana Bhavanna ( insight meditation ).

The following suttas and other materials will be used for the discussion:

The hyperlinks above point towards alternative translations. The discussion will be using Bhikkhu Bodhi’s translations which are not online.

Please bring your copy of “The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha” published by Wisdom Publications. That book will be used to cover MN 62, the second Buddhist discourse ( sutta ) listed. Pages 527 – 532. The book is available through the University Of Maryland and the Montgomery County, Maryland library systems. If you can not obtain a copy of Bhikkhu Bodhi’s translation of this sutta please contact Steve by no later than 2011 July 15th.

Steve will be providing photocopies of SN 22.7, the first Buddhist discourse listed above. This discourse and translation can also be found on pages 33 – 35 of  “In the Buddha’s Words: An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon” by Bhikkhu Bodhi.

Steve would also like everyone to print the single page of notes listed above and bring it to the discussion.  People wishing for more of an introduction to REBT can read  “A Brief Introduction To Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy” by Wayne Froggatt ( 15 pages ).  This is perhaps the single best piece of writing on the subject.   It is also completely optional as the full article goes beyond the scope of the discussion.

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