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  Week Four – Overview

Buddhism presents a model for understanding what constitutes a “person.” What we normally think of as a permanent inherently existing self is understood in Buddhism as a composite of aggregates. This week we’ll explore in greater detail the five aggregates, beginning with the aggregate of form—the body and physical matter composed of external and internal elements of earth, water, fire, air, and space. We’ll also examine the aggregates of feelings, perceptions, and mental formations within the context of consciousness. There is an introduction to an important teaching on the aggregates, Milindapañha, “The Questions of King Milinda.”

This week you will

  • Gain an understanding of early Buddhist psychology
  • Cultivate insight into the nature of thoughts and emotions
  • Develop ways to work with the core Buddhist teaching on selflessness