Vasubandhu's "Three natures" A practitioner's guide for liberation

Ben Connelly

Book - 2022

"A plain-English commentary on Vasubandhu's classic "Treatise on the Three Natures" that shows us how we can bring wisdom from fourth-century India into our day-to-day lives and activities. The three natures provide an empowering model for understanding how we can practice freedom from harmful personal and family patterns, addiction, trauma, and systems of oppression; they show a path to personal and communal healing. They affirm agency, experience, and interdependence while relentlessly challenging tendencies to become fixated, prejudiced, or stagnant. By radically affirming experience, constantly challenging our fixations, and emphasizing that each moment contributes to the well-being or suffering of the whole, each on...e of us can find our own role in the path of liberation. They remind us of the root of Buddhist teachings: there is suffering in the world and we can do something about it"--

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Published
Somerville, MA : Wisdom Publications [2022]
Language
English
Sanskrit
Main Author
Ben Connelly (author)
Other Authors
Weijen Teng (translator)
Edition
First edition
Physical Description
xix, 284 pages ; 21 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages [259]-263) and index.
ISBN
9781614297536
  • Introduction
  • 1. Three Natures
  • 2. Experience, Imagination, and Interdependence
  • 3. It's Not What You Think
  • 4. Not Two
  • 5. Mind Only
  • 6. Eight Consciousnesses
  • 7. Seeds and Fruit
  • 8. A Threefold Illusion
  • 9. Cause and Effect
  • 10. Free from Within Duality
  • 11. Relax, This Really Matters
  • 12. Painting the Moon in Water
  • 13. Nonduality Is Real
  • 14. Oneness and Duality
  • 15. Life Has Arisen Like This
  • 16. The Taste of Freedom
  • 17. Suffering and Freedom
  • 18. Samsara and Nirvana Are One
  • 19. Already Buddha
  • 20. Ain't No Thang
  • 21. Intimacy Is Transcendence
  • 22. There Is a Path
  • 23. Breaking the Chain
  • 24. Nonself, No-self, and Nondual
  • 25. Right View: Both/And
  • 26. Nothing to Hold Onto
  • 27. The Illusory Elephant
  • 28. Learning the Trick
  • 29. Trauma, Perception, and Healing
  • 30. Thusness and Things
  • 31. Knowledge, Relinquishment, and Realization
  • 32. Both Perception and Nonperception
  • 33. Let It All Go
  • 34. Seeing Through the Magic Trick
  • 35. Projection Only
  • 36. There Is No Mind in Mind Only
  • 37. Enter Where You Are
  • 38. This Very Body for Everyone
  • "Treatise on Three Natures"
  • Acknowledgments
  • Notes
  • Selected Bibliography
  • Index
  • About the Author and Translator