Lecture Notes week 14: Modern Buddhism

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Religion and Liberation 2013 Professor Cates Lecture notes week 14 Chogyam Trungpa: Buddhism for Modern Westerners The First and Second Noble Truths All-pervading pain The pain of alternation The pain of pain The Promised Land doesn’t exist, and the more cling to the idea of it, the more we suffer disappointment Deeper reflection on the causes of suffering: the ways we live in ignorance of the truth of life (recall the 6 realms depicted in the wheel of cyclic existence) Realm Main Characteristic Ego-Building Strategy/attachments
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Unformatted text preview: gods self-absorption distracting pleasures jealous gods paranoia comparison/the opinions of others humans passion ideas and ideals/spiritual materialism animal stupidity predictable patterns hungry ghosts poverty consumption hell beings anger aggression and domination What things or activities do Americans attach themselves to, arguably in order to avoid the truth of life? Examples discussed: Zoning out to “meaningless TV”; Black Friday consumerism erupting in violence...
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