First Thursday: Conditions for the Arising of Self

Indianapolis Buddhist Meditation Retreats
Indianapolis Buddhist Meditation Retreats
Public group

All Souls Unitarian Church

5805 E 56th St · Indianapolis

How to find us

Room 4, up the stairs on your left when you enter the front door to the church, on your right after the men’s rest room

Location image of event venue


Tonight we'll take a break from my series on developing mindfulness and concentration, two of the 8-fold Path elements of Practice.

The Dhamma Talk and discussion will be on how and why we experience something in our life, as presented in the Buddha's teachings in the Theravadan tradition.

This is not about the 24 Paṭṭhāna or conditions but an easy introduction to the Paṭiccasamuppāda ( both of which are perhaps the most difficult of his teachings to understand) and using what we understand to examine and live our lives with greater ease and joy.

Tonight is in a sense a continuation of my presentation last month on Right View or Understanding, the main subject for which is "self" or atta. In Theravadan Buddhism, there are only three subjects to understand that can lead to liberation: dukkha, self, and impermanence.

The goal of Indianapolis Buddhist Meditation Retreats (IBMR) is to provide teachings and support for Buddhist practice.

On First Thursday we start to gather at 6:30 to transition into practice space, practicing Right Speech while sharing our day or week with others for our mutual benefit. Meditation stars at 6:40.

Thursday meetups are held at All Souls Church that provide facilities without charging us. Dana or voluntary donations on First Thursdays will be donated to the church in gratefulness; on other Thursdays, dana supports IBMR’s programs that cost to organize, and scholarships for those in need of financial assistance to participate.

RSVP is encouraged but not required for attending Thursday meetups. Just show up if your schedule changes and you are able to come and join us.