Right Understanding And Wisdom

by Peter Carlson on December 8, 2016

This is the last talk that focuses on the mind conditioners called the cetasikas.  The Topic is the last of the cetasikas, Right Understanding, frequently termed Wisdom.  The previous wholesome cetasikas were briefly reviewed to provide a conceptual context for understanding how wisdom matures as the wholesome mind conditioners are diligently practiced.  During the talk, Peter described a commentarial consideration, that the Noble Eightfold Path begins with conceptual understanding, then, through diligent meditation practice and integration into daily life routines, matures into what is termed the Noble Tenfold Path, adding Right Insight and Right Liberation.  This increased ability to cultivate wholesome self-state organizations makes the concepts real, that is, there is direct experiential awareness of the validity of the concepts.  This is the process of Awakening.  The explanation was followed by discussion during which the ways the people in the meeting realized “small “a” awakening, a gradual liberation from dukkha, that is, distress and confusion.

Here are the notes prepared for this talk:  the-realization-of-the-wisdom-cetasika

Next week’s discussion will explore the process of Awakening, referring to what are called “The contemplations of insight”.  That meeting will be the last of the calendar year, as Peter will begin his annual year-end 2 week self-retreat on December 16.

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