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Chapter 11: Quiz review part 2

Chapter 11: Quiz review part 2

The second part of the review of the quiz questions for Chapter 11: Refuting truly existent time. Part of a series of talks on Aryadeva’s Four Hundred Stanzas on the Middle Way.

Review of questions 5 through 15

  1. Why do the Sautrantikas, Cittamatrins, etc. say the zhigpa of a pot and a future pot are permanent?
  2. How do Prasangikas define future pot, present pot, past pot?
  3. Why does the future pot exist first, then the present pot, and later the past pot?
  4. Is a future pot a pot? Is a present pot a pot? Is a past pot a pot? Why or why not?
  5. What is an affirming negative? What is a non-affirming negative?
  6. Explain why the past pot and the future pot are affirming negatives. What does each one affirm? What does each one negate?
  7. Relate this discussion to your past life, present life, and future life. Is all of your present life occurring in the present?
  8. What is the future in relation to the pot? What is the past in relation to the pot? Are they the same as the past pot and the future pot? Which one happens first?
  9. Does the present pot exist in the future pot? Does the past pot exist in the future pot or in the present pot?
  10. How does this discussion about the zhigpa of actions, future results, etc. relate to karma and its results? Explain how a karmic action brings its result in a future lifetime according to this discussion.
  11. What are the disadvantages of saying that the future and past are inherently existent?

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Venerable Thubten Chonyi

Ven. Thubten Chonyi is a nun in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. She has studied with Sravasti Abbey founder and abbess Ven. Thubten Chodron since 1996. She lives and trains at the Abbey, where she received novice ordination in 2008. She took full ordination at Fo Guang Shan in Taiwan in 2011. Ven. Chonyi regularly teaches Buddhism and meditation at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Spokane and, occasionally, in other locations as well.

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