In our first class we introduced the concept of samsara and defined it as the “continuum of the contaminated five aggregates.”
Please take a look at this blog post for an alternative definition before answering the following questions: https://guhyasamajacenter.wordpress.com/2010/03/29/what-is-samsara/
1) come up with your own analogy for samsara and share it with us.
2) take an opposing view point and list some reasons countering the definition of samsara (either the simple one, contaminated five aggregates, or the more refined definition that Rinpoche explained); pull apart the definition, word by word, examine it and challenge it. To clarify: The task is to examine the definition of samsara as being: “the continuum of the contaminated 5 aggregates”.
So you might challenge the assertions contained within the definition. These are:
1) the mind is a beginingless continuum with previous moments of existence giving rise to the next moment,
2) that our 5 aggregates are contaminated in the sense that it they are dependently arisen — yet we mistake self and phenomemon as inherently existing and this gives rise to afflictive emotions and actions,
3) the definition of the self as consisting of the 5 aggregates.
Do you agree with each of these assertions? Maybe…maybe not.
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Meditation suggestions: (written response not expected) reflect carefully on the 8 sufferings and think of examples from your own life. Think of these sufferings as the symptoms of an underlying sickness. Try to identify the self who experiences the 8 sufferings. Can you find it?