The four truths

03 Samsara, Nirvana, and Buddha Nature

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Part of an ongoing series of teachings (retreat and Friday) based on the book Samsara, Nirvana, and Buddha Nature, the third volume in The Library of Wisdom and Compassion series by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Venerable Thubten Chodron.

  • Is there an end to the self?
  • Nirvana without remainder
  • Mind continues eternally
  • Mind of an arhat, a bodhisattva and a Buddha
  • Nature of the four truths
  • Duhkha and origins to be abandoned, cessation and path to be adopted
  • Polluted body and mind
  • Afflictions and polluted karma
  • What is ignorance?
  • Exhaustion of duhkha and origins
  • True paths are cosciousnesses

Samsara, Nirvana, and Buddha Nature 03: The Four Truths (download)

03 Samsara, Nirvana, and Buddha Nature: The Four Truths 04-10-21

Contemplation points

  1. Spend time thinking how your mind is the continuum of clarity and awareness. Think about your own mind how it works/function. Consider: Everything that is produced arises from causes; nothing can arise causelessly. Causes are impermanent; they must cease in order for their result to arise. There is concordance between a cause and its result. A specific result can only arise from the causes and conditions that are capable of producing it.
  2. What is samsara? What are the five aggregates and how do they relate to samsara?
  3. What are the Four Truths of Aryas? Why are they called this?
  4. Explain the roles of ignorance and craving in causing true duhkha?

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