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Is it really necessary to participate in a Sangha, or Buddhist community What are the benefits, joys, and challenges of doing so You may be surprised by some of the aspects of Sangha practice I talk about in this episode (it's not all about enjoying the pleasant company of enlightened people!)
Liberation from self-concern is central to all forms of Buddhism, although the methods used to achieve that liberation differ widely In this episode, I present a classic Zen teaching on not-self: Zen Master Dogen’s statement that “to study Buddhism is to study the self” and "to study the self is to forget the self"
This episode explains several of the Buddha's first teachings: the Three Marks and the teaching of Anatta, or Not-Self From the beginning, the Buddha's teachings featured the Three Marks, or Characteristics, of Existence: anicca (impermanence), dukkha (dissatisfactoriness), and anatta (not-self) Here I introduce the Three Characteristics and then go into the teaching of not-self in detail - what it means and doesn't mean For example, did you know the Buddha did not teach that we have no self