Overcoming Aversion And Ill Will June 20 2018

This is the second talk exploring the Fourth Foundation of Mindfulness, specifically focused on identifying and overcoming the Five Hindrances.  The talk described how Byapada, (Aversion and Ill Will) come to be and how the practice of mindfulness of breathing, or, alternatively, metta (lovingkindness) practices counter the contraction and rigidity in the mind created by Byapada.  This description was followed by general discussion of how to overcome Byapada.

Here are the notes prepared for this talk:  OVERCOMING AVERSION AND ILL

Next week’s discussion will focus on the overcoming the hindrance of Sloth and Torpor.


Understanding Aversion And Ill-Will

During this dialogue, Peter first described the classical way of understanding the hindrance of aversion and ill-will.  He then provided a review of current neurobiological understanding of how various brain structures process incoming stimuli to assess for either threat or reward.  During this phase, he explained the close association between the avoidance of unpleasant feeling and the onset of addictive behaviors.  This was linked to the emphasis placed on serenity in the various 12-step organizations, particularly the 11th step regarding daily meditation and prayer.  This was followed by a clarifying dialogue among the sangha members about this process.  Next week’s talk will explore more directly how we can notice the arising of aversion , the nature of arisen aversion, how to dissolve aversion and how to avoid the future arising of aversion.