WHO GETS ENLIGHTENED?
9 - 10 March
A fundamental idea in all Buddhist schools of thought is the “selflessness of persons”; a rejection of the idea that we have any kind of permanent, unchanging self at the core of our identity. However, the schools often disagree
on what it means to be a person. Even the Buddha’s own words carry a certain ambiguity on this point. In this weekend series, we will look at these Buddhist theories, why they have arisen and delve into questions such as ‘how can we be responsible for past actions if we have no real continuity?’, ‘how do we understand rebirth if we have no substantiality?’ and ‘who or what attains nirvana?’
Dee Collings has been a student of Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche for over 30 years. She completed a postgraduate degree in Buddhist philosophy, edited several of Rinpoche’s books and E-Vam Institute’s Ordinary Mind Magazine and taught at Traleg Rinpoche’s retreat centre in upstate New York for six years. She also spent 18 months living at KTD, His Holiness Karmapa’s seat in Woodstock, NY, studying with Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche and many other luminaries of the Karma Kagyu tradition.