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Challenged by a follower’s misunderstanding and misapplication of his words, the Buddha provides in the Simile of the Snake Sutta a strongly worded presentation of his core teachings of impermanence and not-self. In advice that continues to be relevant to our practice today, the Buddha uses the famous simile of the snake and simile of the raft to explain how to hold and use the teachings.
Please join us as we explore this rich sutta, looking more deeply into what the Buddha means when he says: “both formerly and now what I teach is suffering and the cessation of suffering.” The class will include dharmettes, guided meditations, Q&A, and small group discussion.
Please register here (https://forms.gle/KTeKcENfNAQcGMfU9) to receive the Zoom link and readings. We will be sending some passages to read before the first class.
Here are two versions of the sutta online:
· Bhikkhu Sujato translation
· Bhikkhu Bodhi translation
9:55 a.m. Welcome and Orientation
10:00 a.m. Guided Meditation
10:30 a.m. Walking Meditation
10:50 a.m. Lightly guided meditation
11:30 am. Dharmette
11:45 a.m. Q and A
12:00 p.m. End
Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83025473777
Biography of Ying Chen
This course is taught by Ying Chen. The weekly handouts for the course are available here.
Ying Chen's biography:
Ying Chen was born in China and came to US when she was in College. She was exposed to Mahayana Buddhism around 1998. Since 2001, she was drawn to the Theravada tradition through sutta studies with Shaila Catherine and other Chinese dharma teachers and practitioners. Since 2005, she has been practicing primarily under the guidance of Gil Fronsdal. Ying is a graduate of the Sati Center Chaplaincy program and Local Dharma Leader program from Insight Meditation Center led by Andrea Fella and Gil Fronsdal. She currently facilitates the Insight Meditation Center support group for people living with illness, and co-facilitates the Asian Dharma Circle in IMC with Lilu Chen and volunteers at Insight Retreat Center.