Sense Bases and Fetters

This week we talked about how Buddhism considers the processing of the senses through the conditioning factors of the mind.  When the mind experiences the same patterns of resistance, craving and confusion repeatedly, they become deep-seated fetters, or binders to suffering.  The path to awakening involves starving these fetters, much as starving a weed eliminates it, rather than just cutting it off, allowing it to regrow.