The most essential teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha start with the "Three Marks of Existence": the three properties that everything that exists has, or is "marked" by. The first mark is impermanence. We'll look at what outer and inner impermanence means, what deeply understanding and experiencing impermanence implies, how impermanence determines the path the Buddha taught, and how impermanence interacts with the other two marks - egolessness and suffering - to provide the framework for all of the Buddha's teachings.
ABOUT THE TEACHER
Tom Berthoff has been practicing meditation since 1982, when he did his first Shambhala Training level in Aspen, Colorado. After moving to Boulder, Colorado in 1984 to be part of the Shambhala Buddhist community, he started formal study with Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche at the 1985 Vajradhatu Seminary. He graduated from Naropa University in 1987 with a Master's Degree in Contemplative Psychotherapy, which led him to a 25 year career in Information Technology specializing in relational databases. He has been a meditation instructor and teacher since 1987, both in the US and Europe. He’s been married to Lisa Kraus since 1990. With Lisa, he founded the Arnhem Shambhala Center in the Netherlands, where they lived from 1991 to 2000. They have two adult children, Thea and Ryan. Tom has been living and working in Philadelphia since 2000. He retired in January 2021, and has finally gotten the time to concentrate on what’s important.
ABOUT SUNDAY GATHERINGS
Please join us every Sunday for an online gathering of the Shambhala community worldwide. This online space is a place where we can practice meditation together, hear dharma teachings from a featured guest teacher, learn more about the activities of incredible people in our sangha, engage in discussion – and connect with one another, our community, and our hearts.
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