During this talk, the focus is on the Sambojjhanga, the Seven Awakening Factors: Mindfulness, Investigation of Mental Phenomena, Energy/Right Effort/Persistence, Joy, Tranquility, Concentration and Equanimity/Balance.  These qualities are operating in every moment of wholesome self-state organization, and become more and more potent when the Five Hindrances have been set aside in the mind’s functioning.  Emphasis was placed on the Investigation of Mental Phenomena, as this manifests as the maturation of the initial meditation instruction to aim attention at the breath sensation (vitakka in Pali) and sustain that awareness through the whole of the in-breath (vicara in Pali).  The collaberative functioning of the seven factors is essential in the practice of vipassana, which is the primary tool fostering the awakening process.  This explanation was followed by discussion of the day’s practice and the information received during this talk.

Here are the notes prepared for this talk:  BOJJHANGA-7 AWAKENING FACTORS