Group of six root afflictions

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Part of a series of teachings given through the Dharma Friendship Foundation in Seattle from January 1995 to April 1996.

  • Jigta, the wrong view of the transitory collection
  • Grasps at there being an independent “I” or agent, an independent “my” or “mine” referring to the possessor (not what’s possessed)
  • Meditation to understand this mental factor and it focuses more on grasping at “mine” than just “I”
  • We cannot find anything in things, people, or our own body that makes it inherently “mine”
  • Nor can we find the one (“I”) who is the possessor of the thing, person, or body
  • Nagarjuna’s analysis of any of five ways that things would have to exist if they had inherent existence
  • Chandrakirti’s analysis which added two more ways
  • This analysis does not change the ontological status of how things exist; rather it changes our gut feeling of how things exist
  • Mental factor “view holding to an extreme,” which is based on jigta, describes the two extremes

Mind and mental factors 19: Jigta (download)

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