Shaping the Mind

Topics Include: 1) The three goals of Mindfulness meditation: Knowing the mind; Shaping the mind; and Freeing the mind. 2) Nyanaponika’s contribution in terms of connecting mindfulness with our modern idea of psychology. 3) Knowing the mind: examining the mind through a microscope. 4) Seeing karmic linkages and connected phenomena. 5) Mindfulness and “beginner’s mind.” 6) Mindfulness and the seeing of the three characteristics: impermanence, suffering, and non-self. 7) Seeing the mind as an infinite process of change and flux. The illusion of continuity. 8) Confronting the reality of impermanence: How we suffer because of our attachment to permanence and continuity. 9) Mindfulness and non-self or impersonality: the work of Sir Francis Crick: The Astonishing Hypothesis. 10) The relationship of mindfulness to science. 11) Mindfulness and shaping the mind: the value of mindfulness in avoiding unconscious reactive behavior. 12) Bare attention and the importance of the present moment, not the past or the future.
June 11, 2022
46 min.

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