14. Right Understanding: The Reflections Model
Geoffrey Hunt [+]
University of Surrey
He has taught meditation in schools, in a prison, a village for the elderly, and an alcohol rehabilitation centre. He has served the Dhamma in hospices, funerals and interfaith events. He has worked in Japan, Nigeria and Lesotho and is a writer and international speaker on ethical issues of health, science and advanced technology. He has published several books in the field of professional ethics. He is married to Rev. Beverley Hunt, an Anglican minister.
The Buddhist doctrine of ‘The Five Aggregates’ is discussed. This doctrine is a synopsis of how the delusion of a discrete and essential ‘self’ arises from attachment to body, feelings (sensations), cognition, thoughts and consciousness. This chapter gives a simplified account of this difficult doctrine, using a model of reflections. Analogies and exercises are provided for the reader.