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Interdependent Existence

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Teacher: Rodney Smith
Date: 2008-11-04
Venue: Seattle Insight Meditation Center



Reflect on who you are. Make a list of all the descriptions that define you as a person. Reflect on each one of these, and ask if this list captures the essence of you. What is missing from this list? If you were dying and began to lose your roles and responsibilities, would you be diminished as a person? What remains undiminished even in illness and death? Ask yourself whether there is anything you claim as who you are that does not change over time. Are you continuous or discontinuous? Continue to spend time asking yourself, “Who am I?” Let the question sit with you without rushing for an answer. Where does this questioning lead? Does the question disturb you or bring greater peace of mind?

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