Understanding and practicing with the teaching of “no-self”

Rebecca was invited by the Buddhist Sangha of Bucks County to speak on the teaching of “no-self.”  She first explained the Dharma concept of “no-self.”  After the break, she discussed how to cultivate wisdom by establishing an accurate conceptual understanding of “no-self” and integrating the teaching in one’s daily life.  (Please note that a few minutes of the talk after the break is missing on this recording.)   This talk was given on November 18, 2019 at the weekly practice meeting of BSBC in Yardley, PA.

Chan Practice during the holiday season

Rebecca spoke on how to engage in Chan practice to identify ways in which one generates suffering during the holiday season.  By cultivating clear awareness of one’s unhelpful habits, one can generate less suffering for ourselves and others, hence living more in accordance with wisdom and compassion.  This talk was given on November 24, 2019 at the New Jersey chapter of DDMBA. 

Chan Practitioners as Agents of Social Change

Rebecca was invited to present her work at the conference “Buddhism and Social Change” hosted by the University of British Columbia and Dharma Drum Vancouver Center on September 21, 2019.  The title of her paper was “Chan Practitioners as Agents of Social Change” where she explained the importance of cultivating sociological insights in invisible dynamics in social life for Chan practitioners to effect social change that is in accordance with wisdom and compassion. 

DSC0593201(Source: Dharma Drum Vancouver Center.  From left to right: Ven. Chang Wu; David McMahan; Rebecca Li; Wendi Adamek; David Loy; Jonathan Gold)

How to practice with people who hold very different political views

In this polarized political climate, many people are suffering from strained relationships as their friends and family members hold very different political views.  Rebecca spoke on how Chan practitioners can use this as opportunity to practice to cultivate wisdom and compassion as these relationships continue.  This talk was given on September 15, 2019 at the New Jersey chapter of DDMBA in Edison, NJ.