Reviewing The Wholesome Mind Conditioners, Part 1

There are 25 wholesome mind conditioners described in Buddhist psychology; this talk reviews the first 7 of these functions.  They are present in each moment of consciousness, operating to free the mind from distress and confusion.  The value in reviewing them comes from first being able to identify them conceptually, then to recognize their operation in consciousness.  Ultimately, this awareness “deconstructs” the belief that there is an enduring, autonomous self–instead, there is direct realization that the self is fabricated through the interactions of various functions.

Here are the notes prepared for this talk:  WHOLESOME MIND CONDITIONERS, PART ONE

The focus of next week’s talk will be on the “Six Beautiful Pairs” of wholesome mind conditioners, which represent the beneficial effect of the conditioners reviewed during this talk.


Six Pairs Of Wholesome Mind Conditioners

Continuing the exploration of the Wholesome Mind Conditioners that began with last week’s posting “The Universal Wholesome Mind Conditioners”, the twelve following cetasikas were listed as cooperative pairs–cetasikas, reflected in the mind: Tranquility of cetasikas and mind, Lightness of cetasikas and mind, Pliancy of cetasikas and mind, Wieldiness of cetasikas and mind, Proficiency of cetasikas and mind and Uprightness of cetasikas and mind.  These qualities of mental functioning develop with consistent practice of mindfulness of breathing, and become most effective when the mind is unaffected by the five hindrances.  Their development is essential for the effective practice of vipassana, insight into how the mind creates a meaningful sense of selfhood.

After describing the pairs, the assembled students discussed them, seeking clarification regarding their functioning, which is to promote the process of awakening beyond the level of functioning termed “good mental health”

Here are the notes prepared for this talk:   six-pairs-of-wholesome-cetasikas

Next week’s talk will describe how the Wholesome cetasikas foster the development of the Seven Awakening Factors: Mindfulness, Investigation of Mental Phenomena, Energy/Right Effort, Joy/Enthusiastic Interest, Tranquility, Concentration and Equanimity/Balance of Energy and Attention.