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Chapter 3: True suffering and its attributes

Foreword to Open Heart, Clear Mind

A multi-part course based on Open Heart, Clear Mind given at Sravasti Abbey’s monthly Sharing the Dharma Day from April 2007 to December 2008. You can also study the book in depth through the Sravasti Abbey Friends Education (SAFE) online learning program.

  • True suffering
  • Integrity and consideration
  • Impermanence and the self
  • Second attribute: karma and afflictions
  • Three types of dukkhas
  • Third attribute: absence of unitarian self
  • Fourth attribute: selflessness
  • Three characteristics

Venerable Thubten Chodron

Albert Gerome Ramos was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. He has been incarcerated since 2005 and is currently enrolled in the North Carolina Field Minister Program. Upon graduation he plans to start programs that help incarcerated people with mental health issues, drug dependency, and those who struggle from childhood trauma. He is the author of the children's book Gavin Discovers the Secret to Happiness.

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