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.


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.