What Lessons Did You Gain as a Buddhist Nun, Are We All Inherently Good and more… (Q&A Session October’19)

Duration 59:19

Questions answered during our Q&A session:

2:41 Why does Buddhism teach there is no self? Do we have our own individual consciousness? Also, any plans for an EB pilgrimage in the next couple of years?

19:30 Is there a book that explains the 5 aggregates, as is done in your video “no self”, in a practical way?

22:35 In the Anapanasati Sutta, are we actually saying the contemplations to ourselves? Am I actually saying “I am breathing in long” or “I am breathing in short.” Or, is it starting meditation with the intention of these contemplations?

26:11 I find the Buddhist view that our nature is inherently good and just obscured by feelings of greed, fear and anger very comforting, but I am unfortunately not totally convinced by it. Is it the same with the idea that we are all worthy of love? On the extreme I find it hard to feel that certain political leaders are inherently good and as much worthy of love as for example the Dalai Lama.

36:44 Yuttadhammo Bhikkhu told a story that had plant and tree devas. Is this an aspect of Buddhism that we should be aware of? If a tree is chopped down, what about the deva?

39:46 During meditation, how can one distinguish between a genuine jhana and simply another distracting thought of the mind? It seems like a sense of euphoria and/or oneness with some sort of deity would be a perfect example of a distracting thought that prevents concentration. Should one feel such a euphoria, would it be better to go back to concentrating on the breath?

44:23 Are there any lessons and insights from your life as a Buddhist nun that you continue applying to your life as a householder?

53:35 What do you think about the idea that we are living in a computer/holographic simulation? Is it compatible with Buddhism, especially the teachings on no-self and emptiness?