Akincano Marc Weber (Switzerland) is a Buddhist teacher and psychotherapist. He learned to sit still in the early eighties as a Zen practitioner and later joined monastic life in Ajahn Chah’s tradition where he studied and practiced for 20 years in the Forest monasteries of Thailand and Europe. He has studied Pali and scriptures, holds a a degree in Buddhist psychotherapy and lives with his wife in Cologne, Germany from where he teaches Dhamma and meditation internationally.
Teaching is essentially translation. It means ferrying an authentic contemplative tradition across choppy waters into our psychological and cultural realities, losing neither the vision nor the truth of what we know to be our immediate experience.
How does ignorance operate? On the distortions of mind (vipallāsa) as the psychological mechanism of not-knowing / confusion (avijjā). The 4 objective and 3 subjective modes of distortion.
Three gates of liberation on the basis of practicing with the characteristics of anicca, dukkha, anatta.
Different meanings of the term upādāna – Etymology and three notions: "Grasping", "Identification" and "fuel".
Four statements and their psychology:
"I am right; I am competent"
"I know the right technique"
On the notion of grasping and attachment (upādāna) in the Suttas; with an emphasis on the Teaching of four specific forms of (i) clinging to and identification with sensuality (kāmūpādāna); (ii) clinging to and identification with virtue, ritual and practices (sīlavatūpādāna); (iii) clinging to and identification with views (diṭṭhūpādāna) and (iv) clinging to and identification with doctrines of a self (attavādūpādāna)