Week 5 of Notes
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Date Created: 09/25/15
The Four Noble Truths o Heart of his first sermon Prof o 1 Dukkha Means kind of like you feel uncomfortable in your own skin Prof o a DukkhaDukkha illatease with ourselves I We have a tendency to obsess about stuff Prof I We remain busy so we don t have to sit and be uncomfortable with ourselves Prof o b ViparinamaDukkha relates to Anicca I We create theories so we can be more comfortable with a reality of change Prof I Illatease with change 0 c SamskaraDukkha relates to Anatman I Sense that things don t measure up to what we want Prof I Nothing comes through and be what it promises to be Prof o 2 Trsna Means thirstdesirescravings 0 Like fire spreads from one thing to another 0 Like scratching a boil only offers temporary satisfaction 0 You can never really acquire the things you think will give you satisfaction because things are always changing Prof The craving is what is causing your suffering Prof Three components to trsna I Raga desire to understand prof if the desire is selfish or all about you it s raga I Devsa tro to avoid unpleasant experiences You can t avoid all unpleasant experiences and by trying to avoid one you ll most likely end up facing another one Prof I What s wrong with this approach 0 Ephemeral nature of reality 0 Fundamentally a false view of cause and effect of happinesssufferingfrustrates us and increase anguish I Moha Why do we thirst for gratification through ragadvesa Ignorance avidyaobstruction Vidya to know to see clarity How does one gain vidya It s more about removing obstructions to gain clarity than to gain vidya Prof 0 NOT based on authority 0 3 Nirvana Nibbana Means cessation 0 Not the attainment of something it s the letting go of things that we think will gratify us Prof 0 Once craving is removed suffering will cease o Lit means blowing out Blowing out of what I 3 poisions raga dvesa moha I craving I Also means allayedrefreshedexhilarated quenched 0 Simple definition The end of greedhatred delusion or The end of ignorance or the end of suffering o 4 Marga The Path 0 How to cease dukkhatrsnamoha o Noble Eightfold Path Right view Right Resolve Right Speech Right Action Right Livelihood Right Effort Right Mindfulness Right Meditation IIIIII OOICDJ lbJOIJA Side notesthings to think about Buddha isn t trying to teach you a way to live or be he just want s you to learn what your own truth is Prof If you want to reach enlightenment you never will because that s raga Prof How do you make goals without projecting yourself into the future Maybe we need to just be realistic about our goals and go into it knowing that it might not cause us happiness or be exactly what we wanted it to be As long as we go into it with good intentions and not selfish intentions thinking that as long as we make it to this goal we will be happy goals are a good thing What would Buddhists think of ignorance is bliss Marga the path 0 how to cese dukkhatrsnamoha 0 Eight fold path into 3 categories 0 Sila Morality o Prajna Wisdom o Samadhi Meditation o Sila Morality 0 Right Speech not lying not verbally abusing others avoid divisive speech harsh speech frivous talk Right Action Don t kill steal etc Right Livelihood Don t take an occupation that will cause harm to others animal or human including not cheating in business taking advantage etc o Samadhi Meditation 0 Right effort I Transform one s mind slowly by replacing negative thoughts with positive thoughts 0 Right Mindfulness I Develop constant awareness of one s body feelings moodmental state and thoughts I Prof Watch your reactions to things developing an awareness to what and how we re responding to things 0 Right Meditation I Develop clarity and mental calm I Meditations on clam and insight I Sharpen awareness to watch comings and goings o Prajna Wisdom 0 Right View I Prof Recognize your causes to your suffering I Accept 4 Noble Truths I Belief in Karma and trust in possibility for improvement I Prof lfl have control to my actions of things it means I can change amp that s part of the right view I Prof Karma is recognizing how the universe operates not believing in something 0 Right Resolve I Develop freedom from attachment I Making serious commitment to attaining state of contentment not harming others and abandoning greed and hatred o Ontic Deconstructive Techniques 0 Five skandhas aggregates anatman 1 Form 2 Feelingssensations 3 Perceptions 4Mental Formations 5 Consciousness sentiency NO REMAINDER I quot Meaning that you only exist because these 5 things have come together 0 PratityaSamutpada Codependent arising or interconnected change I 1 Seems as entities do not exist in isolation I 2 No phenomenon arises from a single cause I 3 Depends on multiplicity of conditions 0 PratityaSamutpada and its relation to other Buddhist concepts 0 Four Noble Truths I Principle of causality I Don t crave things 0 Karma 0 Anatman I Self exists ONLY in dependence upon causes and conditions 0 Chain of causation I With conditions of ignorance arises impressions samskaras with conditions of samskaras arises consciousness arise 0 Five Skandha s amp Rebirth If there is NO REMAINDER whowhat gets reborn Vijnana Santana stream of consciousness sentiency that which animates Doctrine of evolving consciousness 0 At death vijnana fuses with new biological form karmic profile samskara impressions are carried over At death dissolution of aggregates arising of new aggregation Prof Remember that there is no real first moment Prof the consciousness can evolve to a state where it is no longer reborn because once you finally really detach your body won t attach to a biological form 0 0 Things to think about and consider ls making a serious commitment being attached to your commitment Buddhavacana This term is not limited to the historical Buddha Watched the video from this morning of the Pope FNN Pope Francis Holds Interfaith Prayer at 911 Memorial After watching the video we talked about what he said and how it relates to Emptiness If you weren t in class I really suggest watching it Roses and Garbage o If we look at the US very deeply we see Iran And if we look deeply at Iran we see the US 0 Israel and Palestine are two hands of the same body 0 You cannot have good if you don t have evil and vice versa so don t try to rid of evil just try to do more good Thoughts The Pope said Be a force for peace but is that a form of desire Probably not because that statement comes from a place of selflessness and a place of good
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