Talks on Dependent Coarising

These talks supplement a text available HERE as a pdf.








17. The sixfold sphere: letting go of the eye. The sixfold sphere is the process of presuming. Once we understand the process, we can presume otherwise. (5/14/2021)


16. The sixfold sphere: an epistemic account of contact. The sixfold sphere turns the issue of “out there,” into how do we think we know what is going on “out there.”  (5/7/2021)


15. Contact: questioning substantial things. There is a basis for questioning how accurately what we contact reflects what is really “out there.” (4/30/2021)


14. Contact: subject and object. Contact is the relation of subject (‘me”) to object (something substantial “out there”). Unquestioned, it leasds to suffering. (4/23/2021)


13. Feeling: busy mind, serene mind. Feeling easily spins out int mental proliferation. However, neutral feelings are cultivated bring about meditative states. (4/16/2021)


12. Feeling: stimulus or reward? Feelings are our immediate evaluation of the world, thumbs up or thumbs down. They have a rickety relation to human motivation. (4/9/2021)


11. Craving: seeking, growth and cessation. We discuss seeking behavior, craving for becoming and how we limit or even eliminate our impulse to crave. ( 4/2/2021)


10. Craving: the origin of suffering. Craving plays a central role among the twelve links, directly implicated in craving, in how we fashion our experiental world and in human action. (3/26/2021)


9. Appropriation: letting go. We talk about contemplations that help us release what we have attached to as me and mine, in order to limit and ultimate eliminate appropriation. (3/19/20210)


8. Appropriation: developing a personal footprint. Appropriating things as me and mine is how we develop a personality within the experiential world. (3/12/2021)


7. Becoming: growing a world. Last week we looked at developing a personality in the world. Today we look at the mechanics of growing our world of experience and see how our personality shapes a self-centered world. (3/5/2021)


6. Becoming: being someone. Becoming is a twofold process: (1) growing our phenomenal world, our world of experience, and (2) developing a personality within that world, becoming someone. Today we learn what it means to be someone. (2/26/2021)


5. Birth: the middle way. Rebirth in Buddhism is a middle way between annihilation at death and eternal life, presuming there is nothing to be reborn. (2/19/2021)


4. Birth: the imperative of samsara. Birth after birth keeps us spinning around in this mass of suffering. Although rebirth is rather obscure, framing our practice in this way gives urgency and depth to our practice. (2/12/2021)


3. This mass of suffering: conditionality. Conditionality relates craving to suffering and each of the twelve links of dependent co-arising to its neighbors. It is at the heart of the four noble truths and of dependent co-arising. We also provide a quick description of each of twelve links. (2/05/2021)


2. This mass of suffering: the human pathology. Dependent co-arising accounts for our pervasive dissatisfaction and sense of lack. We would not come to Buddhism if we lived in perpetual bliss. Here we review the many forms of human suffering and introduce the four noble truths. (1/29/2021)


1. Dependent co-arising: introduction. The human pathology is that we presume a world that is impossible to live in in any satisfactory way. In the twelve links of dependent co-arising are the Buddha’s most comprehensive teaching, in which he explores from a cognitive perspective: our presumptions, how they arise, how they afflict us, and what happens when we let go of them. This is the first in a long series of talks about which the Buddha said, “Whoever sees dependent co-arising sees the Dhamma.” (1/22/2021)



16. The sixfold sphere: an epistemic account of contact. The sixfold sphere turns the issue of “out there,” into how do we think we know what is going on “out there.”  (5/7/2021)



17. The sixfold sphere: letting go of the eye. The sixfold sphere is the process of presuming. Once we understand the process, we can presume otherwise. (5/14/2021)



18. Name and appearance: the objects of the world. Name and form provides an interactive model of cognition for mapping sensual data to cognizance. (5/21/2021)




19. Name and appearance: negotiating the world. This talk discusses how the factors of form, feeling, perception, intention, contact and attention determine how the world appears to us. (5/28/2021)


20. Cognizance: the whirlpool that constructs the world. Cognizance is the creative aspect of cognition, always in conversation with name and form, our cumulative understanding of the world. (6/4/2021)



21. Cognizance: the magic show. We explore the enormous depth and imagination of cognizance, and how it manages to convince us that this is real.  (6/11/2021)



22. Formations: the building blocks of the world. Formations are dispositionally conditioned conceptual choices that form the basis of all cognition. (6/18/2021)



23. Formations: the workings of karma. The formations are the site of karma (volition) and the dispositions that give rise to our ethical choices. (6/25/2021)



24. Ignorance: the enabler of the chain. Ignorance is the source of presumption, from which the rest of the links flow.  (7/2/2021)



25. Ignorance: what to do about it. In this last talk on our long series on Dependent Coarising, we look at how we live without presumptions: without views and without existing objects. (7/9/2021)



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