This talk reviews the first 7 of the 52 categories of mind conditioners called the cetasikas, part of Buddhist Abhidhamma (higher teachings). They are feeling, perception, contact, volition, concentration, vitality and attention. These factors in the self-formation process are considered to be ethically neutral and malleable in that they operate in every moment of self-consciousness and can be affected by either wholesome or unwholesome cetasikas in that process. Each of the mind conditioners are reviewed during the talk and their relation to each other is clarified. After the descriptions there is a general discussion among those participating about how they are experienced.
Here are the notes prepared for this talk:Universal Conditioning Factors
Here is the poster that lists all 52 of the cetasikas: CETASIKAS POSTER
Next week’s talk will review the cetasikas that can be termed as the occasional or particular cetasikas.