May 8 subject areas: understanding the afflictive emotions; karma.
1. Do the lists of three, six, and eight sufferings seem complete? Have you experienced a type of suffering that is not included in one of these categories? How are the three lists related?
2. Samsara is defined as the continuum of the contaminated five aggregates. Or, samsara is the continuum of an ordinary person bound by the mental afflictions to the five aggregates. In your own words, define renunciation from samsara.
3. Second Noble Truth, the origin of suffering. Explain why ignorance is the root cause of samsara. Be sure to discuss the relationship between ignorance and the six root mental afflictions.
Readings: In the Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand and the Required Readings, finish reading about the six afflictions and twenty secondary afflictions; read about karma. Wish Fulfilling Golden Light of the Sun — concentrate on the 3rd PDF file. You might also want to explore the Four Noble Truths in greater depth.
Meditations – for students who have attended class, please visit the URL given out in class. A nice Lam Rim meditation guide has been posted. Please do the meditations for the topics covered during our last class.
If you have any questions or feedback about the class, please feel free to contact me. I hope you are enjoying the class and finding it to be of some benefit to your practice.