Wisdom In The 21st Century Part 2

by Peter Carlson on January 19, 2012

This is a continuation of a discussion last week about the importance of each generation diving deeply into subjective experience via meditation practice to revitalize the liberating qualities of the Buddha’s teaching.  Last week’s discussion involved the importance of clear awareness of emerging mind states in the cultivation of wisdom.  This week’s exploration focused on how important benevolent intention is in evaluating what clear awareness reveals.  Intention, cetana in Pali, organizes the different mental functions, preparatory to action.  When clear awareness isn’t in play, the likelihood of suffering significantly increases, because intention is allied with desire or ill-will and aversion.

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