The Retreat on Buddhist Psychology continues in Key West, Florida. The date is November 5, 1997. This is the fourth talk (99-minutes).
Teaching on the Three Dharma Seals
The authentic teachings of the Buddha must contain all three of these. They are not only a description of reality but a way of seeing things.
Impermanence and nonself also contain the teaching of rebirth. What is impermanence? Is it the cause of our suffering? How do we practice with impermanence?
Impermanence and no-self are two sides of the a coin. And nirvana is the metal. The base. Nirvana is extinction. Extinction of notions/ideas. All the pairs of opposites.
Other topics covered in this talk:
- Teaching of the Three Natures of Reality
- 18 Realms of Being
- Universal mental formations
- Verses 23-25, 39-42 of the Fifty Verses of Consciousness
In the last 15-minutes, Thay offers suggestions for practice during the lazy afternoon and also outlines formal lunch.
Metaphors: a coin, the wave