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Afflictive doubts, afflictive views

The root afflictions

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

  • Guided meditation on trying to identify the solid “I”
  • How our clinging to the insistence of an inherently existing “I” is the root of our ignorance, leading to the creation of negative actions
  • Deluded doubt which inclines us toward confusion, indecisiveness, wrong views
  • Overview of the five major types of deluded views which regard the “I” and the aggregates as permanent, act as the basis for our disturbing attitudes

Mind and mental factors 18: Afflictive doubts, afflictive views (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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