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What Are the Five Aggregates?

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Do you have a difficult relationship with your thoughts? Your body? The feelings that visit you time and time again? Welcome to the club. In this dharma talk series, Pascal Auclair, a cofounder of True North Insight in Ontario, Canada, presents methods outlined by the Buddha in the Phena Sutta that can help you find congruence among body, heart, and mind. He introduces the five aggregates (body or matter, sensations, perceptions, thoughts, and consciousness) and explains how to bring attention to each one, using creative images drawn from the sutta to help make these concepts concrete. By viewing these phenomena as essentially empty, you can begin to weather difficult thoughts and feelings more readily and move toward a holistic harmony.