TOPIC FOR THE August 5 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 August 5 will provide a guided meditation on “Contacting the World”, focused on recognizing the first seven cetaskias, which condition every moment of awareness. This will be followed with reviews of feeling, perception, intention, focused awareness, vitality and attention.
I hope you will participate in the streaming meeting and I wish you well. Peter
This talk focuses on the seven Universal Cetasikas, factors of the mind that are instinctual and involved in every moment of self-organization. The first two, Feeling and Perception, are a subset in that they function to bridge the initial sensory stimulation into areas of the mind that associate the stimulation with previous experience, fabricating a sense of an enduring autonomous self. The remaining 5 cetasikas are more deeply embedded in the condtioning process than the first two. Peter goes through each of the factors to describe their appearance and function in order to increase one’s ability to directly understand the impermanent and non-self nature of subjective experience. The explanation is followed by questions seeking to clarify various aspects of these important concepts.
Here are the notes prepared for this talk: Universal Conditioning Factors
Here is a chart that lists all 52 of the cetasikas: CETASIKAS POSTER
Next week’s talk will review the 5 Particular or Occasional Cetasikas.