Three Marks of Existence – English Discourses

February 3, 2018

Three Marks of Existence or Three Characteristics of Nature (anicca, dukkha, anatta) are discussed in detail in a series of five discourses. These are based on the first two suttas (Dhammacakka Pavattana Sutta and the Anatta Lakkhana Sutta) that the Buddha delivered to the five ascetics right after attaining Enlightenment.

  • Only an essential outline is provided in these discourses. There will be five topics (for each discourse) in the “discussion forum” under the forum Three Marks of Existence Discourses, where one can ask any questions/ express opinions.
  • No question is too simple or too hard. We can find more details in other suttas or in Abhidhamma.
  • However, these discourses are not recommended for those who are not familiar with basic concepts in Buddha Dhamma. They might get discouraged. They may want to first get familiar with the basic concepts in “Moral Living and Fundamentals“, “Working Towards Good Rebirths“, and “Bhāvanā (Meditation)” sections.

Discourse 1 – Nicca, Sukha, Atta (Before understanding anicca, dukkha, anatta, it is necessary to understand the opposites).

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Key Relevant Posts:

What is Kamma? – Is Everything Determined by Kamma?

Could Bodily Pain Be Due to Causes Other Than Kamma Vipaka?

Saññā – What It Really Means

Paticca Samuppāda – “Pati+ichcha”+”Sama+uppāda

Bhava and Bhavanga – Simply Explained!

 

Discourse 2 – Icca, Nicca, Anicca (February 10, 2018)

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Key Relevant Posts:

How to Cultivate the Anicca Saññā – II

Correct Meaning of Vacī Sankhāra

Viññāna – What It Really Means

What are rūpa? – Dhamma are rūpa too!

What is Intention in Kamma?

 

Discourse 3 – Distorted Perceptions or Saññā Vipallāsa (February 19, 2018)

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Key Relevant Posts:

Micca Ditthi, Gandhabba, and Sotapanna Stage

 

Discourse 4 – Sakkaya Ditthi – What is “a Person”? (February 27, 2018)

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Key Relevant Posts:

Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta

Udayavaya Nana

San

Bhūta and Yathābhūta – What Do They Really Mean

 

Discourse 5 – Tilakkhana and Micca Ditthi (March 2, 2018)

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Key Relevant Posts:

Mahā Cattārisaka Sutta (Discourse on the Great Forty)

What are rūpa? – Dhammā are rūpa too!

Anidassana Viññāṇa – What It Really Means

Sankhāra – What It Really Means

Our Two Worlds : Material and Mental

Pabhassara Citta, Radiant Mind, and Bhavanga

Nāma & Rūpa to Nāmarūpa

This concludes the series of discourses on Tilakkhana.

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