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The Great Minds of Philosophy series continues with our discussion on Buddhism. Explore what liberates an individual from the false sense of self and how to experience true reality. In this episode, we dive deeper into some core concepts of Buddhism, including:

  • The impermanence of the world
  • The idea of “No-Self”
  • The aggregates: form, feeling, perception, mental formation, and consciousness
  • If there is no-self, what about karma?
  • What is emptiness?

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Debra Maldonado  00:28 

Hello, welcome to another episode of Soul Sessions with CreativeMind. I’m Debra Maldonado, here with Dr. Rob Maldonado. We’re so excited to host part two of our series on Buddha. We were doing a series this summer on the great minds of philosophy. Last episode, we talked about Buddha. Of course, we have so much to cover, so we’re going to continue this episode going a little deeper. But before we start, if you are listening to us on Spotify, iTunes, any other podcast hosting services, we’d love for you to subscribe, so you do not miss another episode and can listen to part one of this series.

Robert Maldonado  01:03

I’d like to dedicate this show to our students in the spiritual teacher training program. They’re just a joy to work with. We love you guys.

Debra Maldonado  01:13

Today we’re talking about Buddha. The last episode we talked about the Four Noble Truths.

Robert Maldonado  01:19

We introduced this idea of Buddhism and Buddhist teachings as a philosophy. Again, we approach it more from looking at his teachings as philosophy and also with the point of view of psychology. What was he getting at? What gold is there in his teachings that we can use today? There’s a couple of aspects, last time we talked about the Four Noble Truths. Number one is that life is suffering. Number two is that attachment and desire are the cause of our suffering. There is a way out of suffering. The fourth one is that the Dharma, Buddha’s teachings, are the way to transcend that suffering. Now we go into some of these aspects of what are the subtle implications of Buddhist philosophy. There are three really important ones: that the world is impermanent, life is impermanent, in general.

Debra Maldonado  02:25

It’s so obvious, but it’s not. When you start just thinking about it, it really is mind-blowing. The second one is the concept of no-self, which is also mind-blowing, especially if you grew up Christian. You have a soul; there’s this unique part of you. Buddhism is like, “That’s not even there.” It’s very different.

Robert Maldonado  02:50

The last one is the implications of if there is no self, what about karma? The final one is this idea of emptiness, which is central to Buddhist philosophy as well. Let’s start with the impermanence of the world. This is not metaphysics because we can verify this. Try to find something that is permanent, that is stable, that is always there in the same way it was even a few seconds ago. You won’t find anything in the manifested universe that is always stable and constant.

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