Reviewing the Progressions of Insight

This talk provides conceptual understanding of an important aspect of Theravada Buddhism derived from the Visuddhimagga, an ancient and extensive treatise on vipassana and the process of Awakening.  The Progressions of Insight are stages of insight awareness that can be noted by a meditation student and then validated during a review with an experienced teacher.  Each of the stages are reviewed during the talk.

Here are the notes prepared for this talk:  STAGES OF AWAKENING

The focus of next week’s meeting, which can now be attended in the meditation hall while wearing a mask, as well as through Zoom online, occurs on Thanksgiving Eve, and the topic is gratitude–for the teachings, one’s meditation practice and uplifting reflections on the blessings of life.


The Awakening Process

This talk summarizes the series of of explorations of Buddhist psychology with discussion about what are called “The Progressions of Insight”, which describe observable mental experiences that show progress in the the process of liberation from distress and confusion, known as dukkha.  The process culminates with the experience of nirvana, the unconditioned flow of experience.  This talk was followed by discussion about how these progressive insights can be realized through meditation practice integrated into daily life routines.

Here are the notes prepared for this discussion:  THE AWAKENING PROCESS

Peter will be on retreat for the rest of December, so the next meeting will be January 4, 2017, at which time he will review what was beneficial for the awakening process.  During the time he on retreat, the recorded Dharma talks from the weeklong retreat in February of 2016 will be posted in sequential order.

May everyone enjoy a safe and peaceful holiday season.

Insights On The Path Of Awakening

In this talk, the progression from self-state integration is described, beginning with combining the Virtue aggregate and the Mental Training aggregate of the Noble Eightfold Path.  As the self-states no longer function with less internal and interpersonal conflict, then the Buddhist “Progressions of Insight” are developed.  These concepts were linked with various teaching instructions provided during the retreat, to help the participants understand the Theravada Buddhist notions of how enlightenment can occur.

Four Noble Truths And Awakening 2011

In this talk, Peter describes the progressive steps toward awakening that are accomplished through perfecting the Seven Factors of Awakening.  The culmination of this perfection transforms the meditative mind from understanding the nature of the Four Noble Truths–from concept to realization.  The nature of suffering is completely known, the experience of craving is seen clearly, the release from suffering becomes more and more complete, and Wisdom becomes completely known.  This brings release, first from a psychological entrapment through to the final release, freedom from the illusion of a separate, enduring self–the experience of Nibbana.

Jhana Or Vipassana On Retreat 2011

During this talk, Peter describes controversies and agreements about the role jhana practice has is cultivating vipassana practice.  He explains the progression from “acquiring the nimitta” (a noticeable sensation of touch or light arising from one-pointed concentration on the touch sensation at the nostrils) to the extraordinary state of mind called jhana.  The value of the increased mental acuity from jhana practice to the onset of vipassana practice was explained, compared to the advantages of beginning vipassana practice without first entering jhana (called “dry vipassana).