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Self State Integration October 15 2014

by Peter Carlson on October 16, 2014

During this talk, Peter summarized the effect of overcoming the five hindrances through the cultivation of the seven factors of awakening.  The interaction between the mind’s idealized expected outcome and the self organization that emerges, producing stress, was described as “self state conflicts”.  The example used was “I’ll do this perfectly and everyone will be grateful and admire me” to illustrate that this expectation will not show up as predicted, producing stress and confusion.  Peter described how activating and perfecting the cooperative functioning of the seven awakening factors produces “self state integration”, the clarity and stability of which provides support for using vipassana for “self state transcendence”, the process of awakening, which will be explored at the next meeting.  Here are the notes that were prepared for the talk:

SELF STATE INTEGRATION

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Awakening With Equanimity

by Peter Carlson on October 9, 2014

During this talk, Peter explained upekkha bojjhanga, the equanimity awakening factor.  In the process, equanimity was described as the result of effective, dynamic interactions between the other six factors of awakening, which produces the most appropriate balance between joy and tranquility, concentration and investigation of mental phenomena, monitored by mindfulness and effected by energy as right effort.  The function of equanimity to bring balance to lovingkindness, compassion and sympathetic joy was explained.  Additionally, the dominance of equanimity in the third and fourth jhanas was described, and how this relates to the seven factors of awakening.

Here are the notes prepared for the presentation:  THE EQUANIMITY AWAKENING FACTOR

Next weeks discussion will begin to explore the culmination of the Noble Eightfold Path, a “revisiting” of Right Understanding and Right Intention.

Awakening With Tranquility

by Peter Carlson on October 3, 2014

This dhamma dialogue continues the exploration of the seven factors of awakening, focused on passadhi, tranquility.  During the discussion, Peter explained the different categories where tranquility is placed in addition to a factor for awakening.  It’s function of balancing the awakening factor of energy was emphasized, focused on the peaceful quality of the “flow” of energy through different self-states.

Here are the notes prepared for this discussion:  AWAKENING WITH TRANQUILITY

Next week’s discussion will explore the awakening factor of concentration.

The Joy Of Awakening

by Peter Carlson on September 25, 2014

During this talk, the awakening factor of joy was described as the consequence of combining the factors of mindfulness, investigation of mental phenomena, energy/effort and concentration.  As these factors operate to set aside the “energy dumps” of the five hindrances, the resultant freed-up flow of energy is, by nature, joyfully engaged in life experience.  Piti, the Pali word for joy, is identified as one of the jhana factors and as one of the four divine abidings associated with lovingkindness.  After the explanation, Peter led a brief guided meditation, during which the participants were invited to practice noting the different sorts of energy present when mindfulness wasn’t totally engaged, compared to the improved quality of experience when mindfulness was fully engaged.

Here are the notes prepared for this evening’s exploration:  The Joy Of Awakening

Next week’s discussion will explore the awakening factor of tranquility.

Opportunity for Service

On Saturday, August 4th, OIMG has an opportunity to work with our friends at the First Unitarian Church of Orlando during their upcoming volunteer day at the Second Harvest Food Bank. Second Harvest provides tremendous community support. Join us as we work together to sort food for local people in need. Children over 10 are […]

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Energy Awakening Factor

In this talk, the awakening factor of energy/effort is described.  Peter talked of how the universe is essentially energy, and that the sense of separation that humans struggle with is a profound, fundamental error of thinking.  He described that energy is distributed throughout the body in the form of glucose, as fuel for the cells.  […]

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