Dharma Talk: No-Self in Buddhism and Our Daily Lives @ PMT.1930~2130.Sat 31 Mar 2012

The teaching on “No-self”, anatta, is uniquely found in the Buddha’s teaching.  The Buddha discovered that in the midst of our lives, there is no “I” that exist.  But yet, our conventional language and our own experience says otherwise.  If there is no-self, then who is reading this very line?

The talk and sharing will focus on two aspects:

  1. What is “No-self” and how it is evident in our life.
  2. The impact or implication of this in our life.

In the discussion that ensues, we will also explore together how our usual “self-ful” mode of relating to people around us has shaped our lives so far.

This Dharma talk will require attendees to talk as well.  So come learn and share together. 🙂

Poh Ming Tse : 1930hrs ~ 2130hrs Saturday : 31 March 2012

 

By Driving:

1A.From West, exit PIE into Eng Neo Avenue, then turn LEFT into Dunearn Road.

1B.From East, exit PIE into Adam Road, then turn RIGHT into Bukit Timah Road. After

Duchess Road, keep RIGHT. When near Hwa Chong Junior College, U-turn into Dunearn Road.

2.Along Dunearn Road, keep LEFT. After Watten Estate Road, turn LEFT into

Shelford Rd. Slow down before entering the basement car park on your LEFT.

 

By Bus:

1.From West, alight at the bus stop right after Watten Estate Road and Shelford Road.

2.From East, alight at the bus stop in front of Coronation Plaza and use the overhead bridge to cross the road. Then walk against the traffic flow until you reach Shelford Road.

Bus Number: 66, 67, 74, 151, 156, 157, 170, 171, 174, 540, 852, 961

 

By NorthSouth-Line MRT:

1.Alight at Newton MRT Station.

2.Take ‘Exit A’ to Scotts Road.

3.Take TIBS Bus No. 171 heading towards Bt Timah Road.

4.Alight at the 8th bus stop, in front of Coronation Plaza and use the overhead bridge to cross the road.

5.Then walk against the traffic flow until you reach Shelford Road.

A Sharing on Death

 

Below is a sharing to a fellow Buddhist on having thoughts of death.  Thought this may be useful to others.


 

Hi ___ , thanks for sharing your thoughts. Having such thoughts flash in our mind is not as uncommon as we may think. It is just that most people do not necessarily share
it or think that it is not auspicious. But I think otherwise.

Think about it this way. When we sit in a car, we wear the seat belt. When we board the plane, there is the safety video or demonstration before the plane take off. All these are reminders of death isn’t it?

Being reminded of death can prepare us to take positive steps towards preventing accidents that can be avoided. But knowing the risks itself gets us prepared so that when it does happen, we are not taken off guard.

Insurance policies and financial planning is about planning for the unexpected, one of which is death. While nobody wishes death to come when they are in their youth and enjoying their life, being prepared is good. That way, while we live our life positively and wholesomely, we know that should the inevitable strike, we’ve got ourselves mentally prepared.

When is it unhealthy to have thoughts of death? In my opinion, when our thoughts of death preoccupies our whole life that we live our life only to die or when our preoccupation with death actually hastens and lead to death. This would be an unhealthy preoccupation with death.

Appreciating that death is part of life, we learn not to cling unto life and have the wishful thinking that death do not come or at least not when we do not want it to. Instead, knowing that life is impermanent, we should cherish our life more and live it meaningfully, to its fullest potential so that we may benefit ourselves and others while learning to not be attached to each moment for we cannot hold onto any moment even if we want to.

 

Live our life to the fullest, for each moment is unique and is gone the moment you think about it!

 

With blessings,