25 Beautiful Mindstates–Confidence

Twenty Five Beautiful Mindstates: Confidence
July 23, 2022
Topics Include: 1) Background of the teaching of the 25 Beautiful Mindstates in the Abhidhamma Pitaka. 2) The 52 mental factors: The wholesome and unwholesome factors. The 25 Beautiful Mindstates. 3) The meaning of confidence, the first of the beautiful mind states. 4) Two kinds of confidence: confidence in an external factor and confidence in ourselves. The Webster definition of confidence and its antonym. 5) The meaning of confidence in the Buddhist context: faith in the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha. 6) The meaning of confidence in ourselves: Confidence in our ability to do the practice and confidence in integrating the practice as a structure for how we live our lives. 7) Seeing our lives within the wider context of our community. Understanding the value that we embody in ourselves and for our community. 8) Confronting and overcoming obstacles in our lives. 9) Realizing better health for ourselves from a clear sense of moral and spiritual purpose. Gaining the strength to develop resilience to overcome setbacks and the loss of loved ones in one’s life. 10) Finding empowerment in our lives through the practice and the Dharma: being able to work directly with suffering and being able to understand how suffering arises. 11) Confidence as defined in the traditional Buddhist teachings.
7/23/2022
54 min.

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