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A Burden Off the Mind: A Study Guide on the Five Aggregates

One of the new concepts most central to the Buddha's teaching was that of the khandhas, usually translated into English as “aggregates.” Prior to the Buddha, the Pali word khandha had very ordinary meanings: A khandha could be a pile, a bundle, a heap, a mass. It could also be the trunk of a tree. In his first sermon, though, the Buddha gave it a new, psychological meaning, introducing the term “clinging-khandhas” to summarize his analysis of the truth of stress and suffering. Throughout the remainder of his teaching career, he referred to these psychological khandhas time and again. Their importance in his teachings has thus been obvious to every generation of Buddhists ever since.

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Album name:elibrary / Meditative Practices
Rating (11 votes):33333
Keywords:Khandhas / Five Aggregates
Author:Compiled by Thanissaro Bhikkhu
Licensing:Metta Forest Monastery (Wat Metta) USA
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Date added:May 03, 2010
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