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Samsara and Rebirth

Samsara - Wandering On
Ultimate source of all Buddha's teachings is enlightenment
Through enlightenment he gained knowledge of rebirth, karma and the four noble
o The truth of suffering (Dukkha)
Birth is suffering, aging is suffering, sickness is suffering, dissociation
from the loved is suffering, not…

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nor compassion. The privileged Deva will be reborn in another
of the Six Realms.
Realm of Asura
The Asura are strong and powerful beings who are sometimes
depicted as enemies of the Deva. Asura are marked by their
fierce envy. The karma of hate and jealousy causes rebirth in

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Rebirth into the Human Realm is conditioned by passion,
doubt and desire.
12 Nidannas
o Ignorance
Blind Man
lack of wisdom (vidya)--it is not just that people haven't
learned some fact that they need to know, but rather that
their habitual ways of perceiving the world are fundamentally
mistaken, and…

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Dukkha, Anicca & Anatta

Buddha did not claim to be an incarnation of God or an actual God
o Rahula ­ "Man and only man can be a Buddha"
Buddha ­ "work out your salvation with diligence"
Teachings compared to a raft
o Carry to safety and nirvana
The Middle…

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Viparinama dukkha
this is suffering which is produced when the things we enjoy
come to an end/change (see anicca)
Samkara Dukkha
attachment to the conditioned states leads to dukkha (see
Patticchanna Dukkha - concealed suffering
Suffering which is not openly evident, only known to sufferer.
Apaticchanna Dukkha - exposed…

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o consciousness (mental awareness)
o mental formulations (thought processes)
o The Buddha said identifying any 1 of these skandas as self-resulted in dukkha
o Complete loss of this delusion can lead to enlightenment as they will no
longer crave existence


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