How To Change Your Mind December 2, 2020

This talk reviews the key Buddhist concept of paticca sammuppada, typically translated as dependent origination.  During the talk, Peter explains an alternative understanding he developed, contingent provisional emergence, using terms that are hopefully more useful for contemporary Buddhist practitioners.  Paticca sammuppada has 12 elements, which are individually reviewed during the talk, emphasizing their non-linear, co-creative function in creating on a moment-by-moment basis the subjective self we all experience.  Specific focus is placed on the interactions between feeling and craving/clinging as the target for wise attention in order to change one’s karma, bringing relief from dukkha–distress and confusion.  This review is followed by comments from those participating in the Zoom meeting.  There is an accompanying guided meditation for this talk: “Guided Changing Your Mind Meditation”, posted in the archive.

Here are the notes prepared for this talk:  Contingent Provisional Emergence

The focus for next week’s talk is a review of the process of Awakening.

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Guided Changing Your Mind Meditation

This guided meditation is intended to cultivate mindfulness of feelings in order to make manifest the potential of the key Buddhist concept of paticca sammuppada, translated as dependent origination.  This concept describes how a person’s karma is organized in ways that liberate the mind from craving and clinging.  A variety of useful targets of attention while practicing mindfulness of breathing meditation are offered during the recording that support this goal.  It is intended to complement the Dharma talk entitled ” How To Change Your Mind”, recorded after to this recording on December 2, 2020.

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Self State Liberation

During this talk, Peter reviewed last week’s topic, “The Selfing Story” and added to the concept of the Five Aggregates the additional concept of paticca sammuppada, typically translated as “dependent origination”.   He substituted the term “contingent provisional emergence” as a more contemporary rendering of the concept.  This revised meaning conveys the importance of recognizing that momentary experiences of “selfing” are holistic and non-linear, very complex and dynamically changing.  The value of mindfulness of feelings as feelings, not as an enduring self, was emphasized.

Here are the notes prepared for this talk: SELF STATE LIBERATION  Additionally, here are the notes for a previous discussion of paticca sammuppada:  Contingent Provisional Emergence

Next week’s discussion will be led by Daniel Logan.  Here is a brief synopsis of his topic:  “Many practitioners find it difficult to let go of the doubts and fears that arise during sitting or in the course of their greater practice. The Buddha himself struggled with fear on the eve of his liberation. He acknowledges his experience of fear in an excerpt from sutta MN 36: “Why am I afraid of that pleasure that has nothing to do with sensuality, nothing to do with unskillful mental qualities?’ I thought: ‘I am no longer afraid of that pleasure that has nothing to do with sensuality, nothing to do with unskillful mental qualities.” The Buddha’s own words give hope to those of us who may not yet have found perfect ease and contentment on the cushion or off. This dharma dialogue will present a more hopeful antidote to heavy and afflictive states by focusing on the role of joy and contentment in one’s practice. It will be an interactive exploration and will include brief written exercises and structured dialogues with fellow yogis.”