Beginning Chapter 6 “The Buddhist Syllogism” and covering the sections on argument form, elements of a syllogism, and correct signs.
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Teaching on the five hindrances to meditative stabilization and the eight antidotes to cultivate to oppose them.
Developing and applying self-confidence, the second factor of joyous effort. Learning from failure and not giving up.
Overcoming the three types of laziness that oppose joyous effort. Developing aspiration and self-confidence, the first two factors that compose joyous effort.
The Amitabha Buddha practice and what a pure land is. The benefits and the causes of being reborn in a pure land. The two levels of understanding a pure land.
Logic and reasoning can be used to guide our actions, make decisions and also test the validity of our thoughts and beliefs to arrive at more realistic views.
Using reasoning to develop confidence that nirvana and awakening are possible. The factors that make liberation possible. The different kinds of nirvana.
How attachment to worldly concerns like fame, gain, and praise are obstacles to spiritual progress. Developing genuine self-esteem based on inner qualities.
How eliminating the fault of false conceptualization prevents the arising of afflictions. The emptiness of male and female gender.
The differences between Buddhist mindfulness and secular mindfulness practices. The four establishments of mindfulness and the misconceptions they dispel.