Reflections for Week 4

posted Mar 27, 2012, 10:09 AM by Scott Jensen   [ updated Mar 27, 2012, 10:09 AM ]

Hi All, 
I am sending an additional reading you might want to look at: 
The Five Hindrances (Nivarana) by Ajahn Brahmavamso 
http://www.budsas.org/ebud/ebmed051.htm 

Below I have included some reflections for Week Four. We will be having 
small groups next week, April 2nd. 

1. Clearly recognize/admit when the mind is filled with wanting or 
aversion. No need to be ashamed, it is skillful to clearly acknowledge how 
it is. For example, notice that the mind is burning with desire or sick 
with anger. What is the effect of clearly calmly noting the predominate 
states? 

2. By tracking our experience, notice that sense desiring arises and passes 
without gratification. This is important to see because it seems based on 
our ignorant view, that the pain of craving won't go away until we get the 
object of our desire. Seeing the passing away of craving without 
gratification undermines this mistaken view. 

3. Remember that every mind state is a conditioned thing, if fed it will 
become stronger and arise more frequently in the future, if starved it will 
fall away and be less likely to re-arise. How have you noticed the mind 
feeding or starving the hindrance of craving? How have you noticed the mind 
feeding or starving the hindrance of aversion? 

4. How might you skillfully guard the sense doors to protect the mind from 
states of craving and aversion? 

5. Can you notice the quality of joy in states of renunciation, 
contentment, and states of lovingkindness and compassion? 

Peace, 
Mark 

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