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The points for reflection

  1. What is a buddha? Do you think that change is possible to the degree indicated by the meaning of the word “buddha”? Do you think that it is possible for you to achieve this amount of change? Why or why not?
  2. What is your understanding of the meaning of “mind”? Does it or does it not accord with the Buddhist definition of mind?
  3. According to Buddhism the mind is not physical, and therefore not the brain, but is a beginningless and endless stream of moments of consciousness, which include thoughts, perceptions, emotions, and feelings. Does that make sense to you? Why or why not?
  4. What are some habitual attitudes and emotions, good and bad, that you have? Is it the case that you have generally been developing and strengthening them by following them?
  5. Are there certain emotions and feelings that are difficult for you to dis-identify with?
  6. Can you think of some examples from your own life that show that your mind is the creator of your happiness and your suffering?
  7. Can you think of some examples of things (people, situations, places, etc.) that you initially thought were satisfying and fulfilling but in the end did not live up to your expectations?

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