Group of six root afflictions

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)

Venerable Thubten Chodron

Venerable Chodron emphasizes the practical application of Buddha’s teachings in our daily lives and is especially skilled at explaining them in ways easily understood and practiced by Westerners. She is well known for her warm, humorous, and lucid teachings. She was ordained as a Buddhist nun in 1977 by Kyabje Ling Rinpoche in Dharamsala, India, and in 1986 she received bhikshuni (full) ordination in Taiwan. Read her full bio.

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