This talk continues the exploration of the Abhidhamma, Buddhist psychology, focused on the first two of the 52 cetasikas (categories of mental function), vedana (feelings) and sanna (perceptions).  These factors provide a bridge between sensory stimulation and the way the mind interprets and creates meaningful self-states.   The purpose of Abhidhamma study is to provide conceptual support for the application of mindfulness in the process of awakening.  The initial explanation is followed by lively discussion among those present regarding how to make best use of this information.

Here are the notes prepared for this talk:  feelings-and-perceptions-bridging-sensations-and-the-mind

Next week’s discussion will describe the “Universal Cetasikas”, whose function, like feeling and perception, operates in every moment of consciousness.