This talk is meant to follow up on the post of May 9 entitled Understanding Feelings, which explained the function of feelings, particularly affect, the potency of whatever draws one’s attention to a particular focus. A core teaching of Buddhism is paticca samuppada, traditionally translated as dependent origination. Peter described an alternative understanding of this process, contingent provisional emergence. This process helps understand the crucial role that mindfulness of feelings plays in the process of self organization as a key element in the formation of karma. This description was elaborate and in-depth, and was followed by considerable dialogue for clarifying the concept and suggesting various ways to make best use of it in furthering the process of Awakening.
Here are the extensive notes prepared for this talk: Contingent Provisional Emergence
Next week’s talk will explore the Third Foundation of Mindfulness, Cittanupassana, Mindfulness of the Mind.