at The Westin Tysons Corner, (Westin Tysons Corner, 7801 Leesburg Pike, Tysons Corner, VA, 22043)
With special introduction by
Tara Brach, founder of Insight Meditation Community of Washington
“‘What or who is having this experience right this moment, right now?’
The ideas that the world is not what it seems, and that there is no fixed self, only consciousness, are central tenets of most schools of Buddhist thought. These are the ideas of “dependent origination” — the teaching that things do not exist in and of themselves, but only as a result of a shifting network of other causes and conditions, endlessly interlinked — and “non-self,” or anatman — the idea that there is no permanent soul within each human, but rather an aggregate of sensory inputs and consciousness, constantly in flux.
This doesn’t mean that reality is a simulation in the Matrix-y sense that Elon Musk means— that we’re just Sims running on a supercomputer somewhere out there in another real world — but rather that reality as we think of it is a simulation constantly running in our own heads, leading us to incorrectly believe that we are discrete selves, unlinked to the shifting flow of everything around us.”
~ Excerpt from Mel Magazine, Sept 21, 2016
In a rare public appearance in Washington DC, Venerable Khenchen Tsultrim Lodro Rinpoche addresses this modern question.
Admission is free but reservations required. Please email your name and contact information to: email@example.com.
Teachings will be delivered in Mandarin with simultaneous translation into English and Vietnamese.
For questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (857) 363-0629.
Co-organizers: IMCW, KPC Temple, Drikung Dharma Surya Buddhist Temple, U.S. Zen Institute.