Topic 15: Problematic Mental Factors

Audios of Class Meetings

Readings:

In the Buddha’s Words, pp. 301-353 (“xxx”).

Problematic Mental Factors:

The unwholesome: killing, stealing, sexual misconduct; false, malicious, harsh, idle speech; covetousness, ill-will, wrong view.

Roots of the unwholesome: greed, hatred, delusion.

Nutriments: physical food, sense contact, mental volitions, consciousness. Origin: craving, path to cessation: Noble Eightfold.

Suffering: birth, aging, illness, death, sorrow, lamentation, pain, dejection, despair, not getting what one wants. Or: the five aggregates of clinging. Origin: craving, path to cessation: Noble Eightfold (Four Noble Truths)

Factors of Dependent Co-Arising:

Aging and Death. Origin: birth, path to cessation: Noble Eightfold
Birth. Origin: existence, path to cessation: Noble Eightfold
Existence … Clinging … Craving … Feeling … Contact … 6 Senses
  … Name and Form … Consciousness … Volitional Formations …
Ignorance. Origin: taints, path to cessation: Noble Eightfold

Five Aggregates (subject to clinging), (upādānak)khandha, realms of experience

Form. Origin: nutriment, Path to cessation: Noble Eightfold Path. Simile: Lump of foam.
Feeling. Origin: sense contact, Path to cessation: Noble Eightfold Path. Simile: bubbles.
Perception. Origin: contact, Path to cessation: Noble Eightfold Path. Simile: mirage
Volition. Origin: contact, Path to cessation: Noble Eightfold Path. Simile: banana trunk.
Consciousness. Origin: name and form, Path to cessation: Noble Eightfold Path. Simile: magic show.

Sense Contact:

Faculty: eye, ear, nose, tongue, body, mind
Object: form, sound, smell, taste, tactile object, phenomenon
Consciousness: eye-, ear-, nose-, tongue-, body-, mind-consciousness

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