Unpacking Buddhadasa Bhikkhu’s Talk on The Prison of Life
with Venerable Pannavati
9:00 PM at Seattle Insight Meditation Center, (2729 6th Ave. S., Seattle, 98134) (Map It)
On February 10, 1988, the legendary Ajahn Buddhadasa gave a powerful Dharma Talk during a month-long retreat at Suan Mokkh Monastery in Thailand. His words remain powerful to this day. The talk, entitled "The Prison of Life," is about learning to understand the thing we call “prison,” and in doing so, learning to understand the thing we call “life.” In the talk, Buddhadasa leads students from the more superficial and easily recognizable aspects of attachment and clinging into the subtler aspects until he finally unravels the essence of attachment, our fundamental problem in life. This talk is a perfect culmination to SIMS’s current exploration of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Noble Truths.
On Friday night, we will hear the talk, read by Ven. Pannavati with her commentary, followed by meditation. Then on Saturday and Sunday, we will unpack and explore each section. We will have several opportunities to investigate the implications of the various prisons in our lives through meditative practice.
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