Deerhaven 2015 Eighth Night Dhamma Talk

by Peter Carlson on March 28, 2015

The topic of this talk is “What Is Awakening?”  During the talk, Peter emphasized that awakening is a process that is not a place or a definable experience, but can be known as meditation practice matures.  Every time the mind turns away from unwholesome self-states and re-engages in the cultivation of wholesome self-states, awakening occurs.  He emphasized that the way to foster awakening is to use the skills manifested in the practice of the seven awakening factors to focus on process rather than content.  Focusing on content is the manifestation of craving and clinging.  Through attending to the process involved in the emergence of a momentary, contingent self-state organization, liberation is in operation.

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