Overcoming the four distorted conceptions

09 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.

  • Second attribute: The aggregates are unsatisfactory by nature
  • Third attribute: The aggregates are empty
  • How the aggregates being empty counters the distortion of the body being attractive
  • Fourth attribute: The aggregates are selfless
  • Two ways to look at the fourth distorted conception
  • One nature versus different natures

Samsara, Nirvana, and Buddha Nature 09: Overcoming the four distorted conceptions (download)

09 Samsara, Nirvana, and Buddha Nature: Overcoming the Four Distorted Conceptions 04-13-21

Contemplation points

  1. Consider things that you think bring you “happiness.” The Buddha says these things are in the nature of dukkha. Examine this.
  2. How might letting go of your attachment to these things, releasing unrealistic expectations and distancing yourself from the useless pursuit of samsaric pleasure, allow you to direct your energy toward what brings real and lasting happiness?
  3. What is the appropriate conclusion after meditating on impermanence? What is the Buddha trying to steer our mind towards?
  4. Seeing the body as foul can be difficult for us. What buttons does this push for you? How is this a necessary step in spiritual practice? What are we trying to overcome?

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