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.


Stages Of Awakening

During this talk, Peter described satta visuddhi, the stages of awakening developed to provide “markers” of spiritual attainment after the time of the historical Buddha.  Beginning with fulfilling the precepts and setting aside the effects of the hindrances, the cultivation of the seven factors of awakening and vipassana reveals the three characteristics of impermanence, unsatisfactoriness and non-self at deeper and deeper levels of awareness.  The realization of these different stages develops gradually and progressively, eventually leading to the experience of nibbana (nirvana).

Here are the accompanying notes:   STAGES OF AWAKENING

Next week’s discussion will focus on the various understandings of the unconditioned from the Buddhist perspective.