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“Vaibhashika” found in 8 documents
A Mere Making of Appearances and Cognizing Them
The Meaning of “Mind” in Buddhism I’ve been asked to come here this weekend to teach about appearances (snang-ba), how the mind makes appearances and the various problems that are associated with that. This is not a very simple topic, because in fact all our problems come...
The Nature of Appearances: Gelug Explanation
Advice for Studying Emptiness
Voidness (emptiness) is one of the most important topics in the Buddha’s teachings and one of the most difficult to understand. But, we mustn’t be afraid of voidness. As Shantideva, the great Indian master, explains in his Engaging in Bodhisattva Behavior, if we are going to...
Buddhist Analysis: Types of Causes
Introduction: Deconstructing the Self and the Aggregates According to the Buddhist analysis, the self is imputed on the individual continuity of the five aggregates. The aggregates are made up of all non-static phenomena – everything that changes from moment to moment – and...
Deconstructing Each Moment of Experience into Its Causes
Tainted and Untainted Phenomena
According to the abhidharma systems of Vasubandhu and Asanga, phenomena can be divided into those that are tainted (zag-bcas, Skt. sasrava, contaminated) and those that are untainted (zag-med, Skt. anasrava, uncontaminated). In general terms, tainted phenomena constitute what...
Types of Phenomena
The Conventional “Me”: An Imputation on the 5 Aggregates
We were speaking about voidness (emptiness) and we saw that voidness is a negatingly known phenomenon, it’s a negation. We know it by negating something. If we put the word voidness into different terms, then we could say that it is an absence of something. There are many...
The Emptiness of the False “Me”
The Subtle False “Me” Refuted by All Buddhist Tenets
Review of the First Level of Recognizing the Object to Be Refuted: The Coarse Impossible "Me" We were working on the first point of the four-point analysis, which is to recognize the object to be refuted. We saw that there are many levels of the object to be refuted, and we...
Refuting the False Me Experiencing the Four Noble Truths
The Two Truths: Vaibhashika and Sautrantika
Vaibhashika Presentation of the Two True Phenomena According to Vaibhashika: Superficial true phenomena (kun-rdzob bden-pa; Skt. samvrtisatya, relative truth, conventional truth) are those things that we can no longer cognize the conventional identities of (tha-snyad-du...
The Indian Tenet Systems
Vaibhashika and Sautrantika: The Self
Introduction When we look at the concept of the self in Buddhism, we need to analyze it from the points of view of the four schools of the Indian tenet systems. We’re going to refine our understanding further and further as we work our way through these schools. When we speak...
The Four Buddhist Tenet Systems Regarding the Self