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The Defects and Dangers of Samsara

by Maitreyi

The final talk in a five-part series from Tiratanaloka's retreat on the 'Four Mind Turnings' of the Tibetan tradition. Here Maitreyi looks at pleasure and suffering in the context of samsara - compassionate responses to self and other, and how to loosen the bonds...

Talk given at Tiratanaloka Retreat Centre, 2005

This talk is part of the series The Four Mind-Turning Reflections.

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1. Samsara and nirvana; separate selfhood leading to dissatisfaction and grasping (7:60) 
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2. The three lakshanas of conditioned existence - dukkha (suffering); anitya (impermanence); anatman (emptiness of essential being); blame (1:59) 
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3. Three forms of suffering; eight kinds of suffering; six kinds of suffering; Conze's view of suffering and pleasure; the wheel of life; experiences of suffering in our lives (5:39) 
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4. The effect of reflecting on suffering; the Buddha's response after gaining Enlightenment (3:11) 
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5. Trying to make samsara work; conditioning and how we hear the dharma (5:06) 
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6. James Hillman on betrayal; experiencing our own suffering (6:35) 
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7. Pema Chodron on experiencing suffering (3:04) 
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8. Becoming disentangled from samsara; compassion arising from observing suffering (3:12) 

Total running time: 36:46