LNBDS meeting September 2009

13 September 2009 Meeting: Executive committee meeting of the society was held in the afternoon on Sunday, 13 September 2009 at Lotus Restaurant in Hillingdon (courtesy of Nani Shova and Shubha Shakya). After administering Panca Sila Venerable Bhikkhu Sujan gave talk on Five Aggregates (Nama Rupa or Panca Khandha). According to Buddhism an individual consists of ever changing mind and matter of five aggregates. The first is the Aggregate of Matter (rupakkhandha). The other four are related to mind. They are Aggregate of Feeling or Sensation (vedanakkhandha), the Aggregate of Perception or Discrimination (sannakkhandha), the Aggregate of Mental or Volitional formation - Intentional action (samkharakkhandha) and the Aggregate of Consciousness (vinnanakkhandha). According to Buddha’s teaching a being is composed of only these five Aggregates, and nothing more. None of these aggregates are permanent and they are subject to change. It is difficult to imagine an everlasting, unchanging, permanent Self in this ever changing mind and matter. This is the basis of Buddha’s teaching on Doctrine of No-Self (Soul) - Anatta
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