TOPIC FOR THE JUNE 3 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 June 3 will combine a meditation on “Clear Comprehension”, which trains the mind in skills suitable for vipassana practice. The talk for the evening will be an overview of the Seven Awakening Factors, an important category for contemplation in the Fourth Foundation of Mindfulness. These factors become more vivid in awareness as the Five Hindrances are set aside and set the conditions suitable for realizing the transient and impersonal characteristics of the mind. The intention in developing this awareness is to further the process of Awakening. I hope you will participate in the streaming meeting and I wish you well. Peter
This talk is the first of several reviews of Sattasambojjangha, (sah-tah-sahm-bow-jahn-gah), the Seven Awakening Factors. The factors are mindfulness, investigation of mental phenomena, energy/effort, joy, tranquility, concentration and equanimity. Each of these factors will be reviewed individually over the course of several weeks. During the talk, Peter emphasized the integrative characteristics of the factors, as the cultivation of each supports the unification and capabilities of all the factors in supporting, first, the setting aside of the Five Hindrances and second, realizing the direct experience of impermanence, dukkha and non-self aspects of subjective reality. After the review, there was discussion among the participants to clarify and expand on the concepts.
Here are the notes prepared for this talk: SATTASAMBOJJHANGA
Next week will be a review of mindfulness as an Awakening factor.