Sixth Night: Personality Integration, Then Transcendence

by Peter Carlson on February 26, 2013

During another extensive Dhamma dialogue, Peter explained that the cultivation of concentration (samadhi) creates a platform of non-reactivity around the emergence of self-states that might otherwise cause strong craving and clinging tendencies.  The unintegrated personality lacks cohesiveness, that is, one’s  stated goals are not matched by their actual behaviors.  As the various self-states are less conflicted, or overwhelmed by strong emotional urgency, raga, the mind is better prepared to see internally that all self-states are fabrications.  As these fabrications are observed dispassionately (viraga), then their provisional nature is realized, leading up through what are called the progressions of insight, eventually leading to the experience of awakening, called Nirvana.  This was again followed by a very lively discussion of the process of awakening.

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