Overview Of The Mind Conditioners July 30, 2020

This is the first of a series of talks that explore the 52 cetasikas (cheh-tah-see-kahs), categories of factors that condition the self-formation process.  The talk reviews the several sub-categories of these factors: Universal, Particular, Unwholesome and Wholesome.  Peter states an intention to review the cetasikas more thoroughly over the course of the next several meetings, with an emphasis on how the concepts of mind conditioners can be more clearly observed and, in the case of the Wholesome mind conditioning factors, be applied practically and skillfully, rather than becoming intellectual points of interest.  In this regard, it may be helpful to consider these factors as ways to understand the operation of karma.  This talk was followed by discussion between Peter and one of the participants regarding how these issues apply to life experience.

Here are the notes prepared for this talk:  OVERVIEW OF CETASIKAS


The Universal Mind Conditioners February 13 2019

This is the first of a series of discussions describing the cetasikas, those factors that condition the selfing process.  In the context of the Anapanasati Sutta, investigating and calming the mind conditioners are two of the sixteen stages in the process of Awakening and are preceded by breath awareness that relaxes the body and calms the mind, reviewed in previous discussions.  This talk reviews the first 13 cetasikas.  They are termed “Universal” and “Occasional” mind conditioners, which are considered as ethically neutral or malleable in their function, meaning that their self-manifestation depends upon whether they are accompanied by Wholesome or Unwholesome cetasikas.  The Universal cetasikas participate in every moment of self-formation, and the Occasional cetasikas occur predominantly but not always, and are conditioned by internal mental processes.  The cetasikas were described in detail and this was followed by general discussion regarding how they can be mindfully recognized and “calmed” through the practice of mindfulness of breathing.

Here are the notes prepared for this talk:  Factors That Condition The Mind

Next week’s discussion will focus on the first of the Unwholesome Mind Conditioners which appear in every moment of distress and confusion (Buddhism terms this experience as dukkha).