TOPIC FOR THE JULY 1 ZOOM MEETING
Hi Fellow Travelers–Thanks to the causes and conditions provided by the Covid-19 virus there will no assemblies in our meditation cottage until circumstances make it safe to assemble in groups. As I understand how Zoom works, you must preregister at the site Zoom.us, entering the URL : https://us04web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUuf-2srDMtnERzureO8f2K4iQeRCf-dQ and using the password 620329 in order to participate in the events; registering one time will provide access to all the upcoming meetings, as long as we continue streaming them. As I understand the way it works, the meeting can be accessed by smartphone as well as any internet-connected computer system, following the instructions at the Zoom website. The meetings will be recorded and posted on the website as usual.
The topic on July 1 will combine a meditation on “Awakening Joy”, which trains the mind in the Awakening Factor of Joy. The talk for the evening will be an overview of the Piti Awakening Factor, a felt sense of buoyancy and enthusiastic interest regarding what arises in the mind. The Awakening Factors become more vivid in awareness as energy that is otherwise bound up in the five hindrances is released through the cultivation of mindfulness, investigation of mental phenomena and the energy of attention, setting the conditions suitable for realizing the transient and impersonal characteristics of the mind. I hope you will participate in the streaming meeting and I wish you well. Peter
During this talk Peter reviews Viriya, the Energy Awakening Factor, which, when combined with the Mindfulness and Investigation of Mental Phenomena Awakening Factors, coordinates and empowers the remaining 4 Awakening Factors. Peter talked of the manifestation of Viriya as Right Effort in the Noble Eightfold Path, with four attributes: to deny unwholesome states, support the arising of wholesome states, enabling wholesome states to reach fulfillment and prevent the future arising of unwholesome states. His review was followed by discussion of how participants can further understand and contemplate this quality of attention.
Here are the notes prepared for this talk: The Energy Awakening Factor