Notes on Four Tetrads And Four Foundations

by Peter Carlson on April 23, 2015

This posting contains the notes prepared related to the .mp3 recording Four Tetrads And Four Foundations April 22 2015:  Four Tetrads and Four Foundations


Four Tetrads And Four Foundations

by Peter Carlson on April 23, 2015

During this talk, Peter reviewed the four groups of four stanzas in the Anapanasati Sutta as they relate to the four foundations of mindfulness.  The four groups of stanzas are called the four tetrads.  The intention in this presentation is to foster an integration of mindfulness of breathing with the four foundations as they appear in the sutta.

Next week’s discussion will explore practical applications of mindfulness of breathing to the cultivation of the four foundations.

The next post will contain the notes prepared relative to this talk


Notes For The Anapanasati Sutta Fourth Tetrad

by Peter Carlson on April 22, 2015

These notes were written by Peter in preparation for the talks presented over the last several weeks.  The fourth tetrad of the sutta provides training for the practice of vipassana (insight), emphasizing awareness of impermanence, dispassion, liberation and letting go.  Here are the notes: ANAPANASATI SUTTA FOURTH TETRAD

The next recording posted will review all four tetrads as representative of the four foundations of mindfulness.


Charlotte’s Retreat Poem

by admin on April 18, 2015

by Robert Lockridge

Like a rock in the desert
Hollowed by the wind
Rain falls
The birds swoop in
And drink their fill
Such giving
Even the gods cannot
Nor the elements contain


Liberating And Letting Go

by Peter Carlson on April 16, 2015

During this talk, Peter continued to describe the elements of the fourth tetrad of the Anapanasati Sutta,  emphasizing the coordinating functions of examining impermanence, dispassion, cessation and renunciation through ongoing breath awareness. The process of awakening can be experienced on two levels: letting go of unwholesome self-states, and, ultimately, letting go of the process of craving and clinging.

Future discussions will describe how this integrating process fosters realizing the potential of the four foundations of mindfulness and the seven factors of awakening.


Awakening With Dispassion

This talk was recorded on April 8, 2015, and is the follow-up on the talk entitled “Anapanasati And Anicca April 1 2015.  During this talk, Peter described how mindfulness of the arising and passing away of mental fabrications leads naturally to a sense of decreased “energy” or “thirst” regarding craving and clinging.  Peter also emphasized […]

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Anapanasati And Anicca

During this talk, Peter briefly reviewed the cultivation of samadhi/passadhi (concentration/tranquility) in the first three tetrads of the Anapanasati Sutta, then read a translation of the fourth tetrad, which is focuses on vipassana. The four characteristics to be investigated during the breathing in and out cycle are impermanence, dispassion, cessation and renunciation.  The primary focus […]

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