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Impermanence

Three talks on the first of the 3 Characteristics, or Marks (tilakkhaṇa): Impermanence (anicca). As is our practice often lately, the meditations include the Refuge and Precepts pūja.

A talk on the quality and practice of refuge, and how we both need a refuge from impermanence, and we take refuge in impermanence. (1.16.18)

Meditation: mindfulness of change


A talk on mindfulness as memory (its literal translation), meaning continuity in tracking of sensory experience. How that skill arose within the oral memorization tradition, and how we can understand mindfulness as a liberation tool based in tracking leading to insight into subtle change, or impermanence. Hints at how this is the root skill in remembering past lives, but that we can understand that as a kind of narrative/identity processing at trauma resolution. (1.23.18)

Meditation: intimacy with the physical senses and tracking the flow of embodied life.


A talk on impermanence as radical inquiry practice, and on how the concept may have arisen as a response to the search for the permanent Essence or Soul (attā/ātman) that motivated the early yogic sages. How to “see” impermanence, and the profound shift in experience that happens when we insist [concentrate] on experiencing each moment and sensory/relational contact as new and unfixed by past experience or narrative. And the standard disclaimer that this has the shadow of dissociation, and that to be wisdom and not delusion it must be founded on substantial ego stability and well-being. (2.06.18)


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