Working With The Aversion Mind Conditioners September 2, 2020

This talk continues a reviewing of the 52 cetasikas, conditioning factors of the mind; the focus of this talk is on four of the occasional or particular cetasikas, which only appear when circumstances permit.  They are: aversion/ill-will, envy/jealousy, stinginess/hoarding and regret/worry.  The characteristics of each of these mind conditioning categories is reviewed along with suggestions for countering their impact.  The descriptions of these cetasikas is followed by discussion among those attending.

Here are the notes prepared for this talk:  Working With Aversion

Here is a chart listing all 52 cetasikas:  CETASIKAS POSTER

Next week’s talk will finish the review of the Unwholesome Cetasikas, focusing on sloth, torpor and skeptical doubt.


Guided Working With Aversion Meditation

During this meditation you will be provided with suggestions for using the neutrality of breath awareness to notice the physical characteristics of aversion and relate to the unpleasantness with calmness and equanimity, disregarding whatever the mind creates to reject the experience.  This trains the mind to be aware of aversion in its many forms without being overwhelmed and controlled.  Another option for countering the effects of aversion is mentioned, the cultivation of metta, lovingkindness and karuna, compassion.