Reviewing Mindfulness of the Mind

The Third Foundation of Mindfulness, cittanupassana,  is a contemplation of the various ways consciousness reflects subjective experience; the goal of this contemplation is to realize that the mind is impersonal, not a self.  This review also includes discussion of contemporary scientific concepts such as complexity theory, which validate the concepts about how the mind operates that were developed millennia ago by Buddhist practitioners.

Here are the notes prepared for this talk:  Mindfulness Of The Mind Review

The focus for next week’s talk will be a review of the first concepts of the Fourth Foundation of Mindfulness, contemplation of the Five Hindrances.


Mindfulness of the Mind Review

The topic for this Dharma talk is the Third Foundation of Mindfulness, Cittanupassana.  During this review, the appropriate section of the discourse is described in more detail regarding various states of mind that can be known through well-developed mindful investigation with the understanding that what is observed is a phenomenon of nature, not an enduring/autonomous self.  Contemporary neuropsychological insights are also reviewed, such as complexity theory, chaos theory and the strange attractor concept, which, although derived from mathematics and physics, are also applicable to how consciousness operates.  There is a “Guided Mindfulness of Mind Contemplation” recording posted and archived that is intended to accompany this talk.

Here are the notes prepared for this talk:  Mindfulness Of The Mind Review

The next talk will provide a review of the first element of the Fourth Foundation of Mindfulness, a contemplation of the Five Hindrances.


Guided Mindfulness of the Mind Contemplation

This guided meditation is intended to accompany the Dharma talk of the same evening entitled “Mindfulness of the Mind Review”, also recorded, posted and archived.  During the meditation, various suggestions are provided to prompt investigation of various mind states mentioned in the Second Foundation of Mindfulness, part of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness Discourse.


The Nature Of The Mind April 23 2018

The Third Foundation Of Mindfuilness is Cittanupassana, Mindfulness Of The Mind.  During this talk, Peter explained how the traditional understandings of cittanupassana foster the process of Awakening.  The mind is the receptive characteristic of human experience, and the “tone” of the mind can be affected by various conditions such as desire or aversion.  The cultivation of mindfulness clarifies the reflective quality of awareness in ways that provide greater stress resilience and sets the conditions for the practice of vipassana, the function of which is to reveal directly the three characteristics of human reality: impermanence, the absence of an enduring and autonomous self and the distress and confusion that comes about due to craving and clinging.  The participants in the meeting then discussed how they understand the nature and function of cittanupassana.

Here are the notes prepared for this talk:  THE NATURE OF THE MIND

Next week’s talk will begin the exploration of the Fourth Foundation Of Mindfulness, Dhammanupassana.


How To Not Take Moods Personally

This dialogue explores the Third Foundation of Mindfulness, cittanupassana, translated as mindfulness of the mind.  After reading the content of the third foundation from Analayo’s book on satipatthana, the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, Peter related this to what our era calls “mood”, that is, a pervasive emotional state.  The neurological and hormonal aspects of mood were described.  This was followed by a group discussion emphasizing the impersonal nature of moods.