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Home > Fundamentals of Tibetan Buddhism > Level 2: Lam-rim (Graded Stage) Material > Introduction to Meditation on Voidness (Emptiness)
Session One: The Basics for Understanding Voidness
The Four Facts of Life
Why Is There Ignorance?
The Scope of the Weekend Course
The Five Aggregate Factors of Experience
Confusion about Them
The Buddhist Classification of Phenomena
Primary Consciousness and Mental Factors
Feeling a Level of Happiness
The Aggregate of Everything Else
Identifying the Conventional “Me”: The Example of a Habit
The Conventional “Me”
Brief Summary of the Conventional “Me” and the Five Aggregates
Voidness as an Absence
Grasping for True Existence
Session Two: Identifying the False "Me"
The Continuity of the Conventional “Me”
Identifying the False “Me”
Questions and Discussion about a Static “Me”
Further Discussion about a Static “Me”
Questions and Discussion about a “Me” That Is One
Session Three: Subtler Levels of a False "Me"
A False “Me” as a Controller
A False “Me” That Can Be Known Self-sufficiently, by Itself
A False “Me” with a Findable Defining Characteristic Mark
What We are Left With after Refuting the False “Me”
Session Four: Misconceptions Based on Belief in a False "Me"
Review of Day One
The Three Factors That Determine the Validity of a Mental Labeling
The Three Poisonous Attitudes
Listening and Thinking
Session Five: The Four-Point Analysis Meditation on Voidness
The Four Point Analysis: Neither One nor Many
Total Absorption on Voidness
The Basis for the Conventional “Me”
Remembering Past Lives
Dealing with Pain