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MONDAY

Four principles mark the teachings of all enlightened beings, say the Buddhists: impermanence, suffering, egolessness, and peace. These matters will be discussed during “Indisputable Truth,” a public talk by the Venerable Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche. Those first two concepts make me very nervous. The third is fairly threatening, too. But I’m all for peace, no question. Then again, I was baptized Presbyterian, a sect numbering far less than 334 million, which is the number of Buddhists in the world according to the 1995 World Almanac. And the church can’t count on much help from me. There are a thousand times as many suffering, egoless Buddhists on the planet, and they’ve been leading their impermanent lives a couple millennia longer, too. So when it comes to indisputable truth, I might not be able to claim much enlightenment. Challenge your assumptions, or dispute the case at 7:30 p.m. at the Dupont Plaza Hotel, 1505 19th St. NW. $15. (301) 588-7020. (Dave Nuttycombe)