On the notion of grasping and attachment (upādāna) in the Suttas; with an emphasis on the Teaching of four specific forms of (i) clinging to and identification with sensuality (kāmūpādāna); (ii) clinging to and identification with virtue, ritual and practices (sīlavatūpādāna); (iii) clinging to and identification with views (diṭṭhūpādāna) and (iv) clinging to and identification with doctrines of a self (attavādūpādāna)
We long for inner space and peace, yet we also defend against it, compulsively filling the open space of consciousness with the endless mental proliferation that gives us our sense of self and world. In this talk Martin explores the 3 major expressions of this inner momentum, showing us ways to recognise, understand, and let go of our demands, defences and distractions, and allowing instead the genuine, wide open spaciousness of our nature.
Different meanings of the term upādāna – Etymology and three notions: "Grasping", "Identification" and "fuel".
Four statements and their psychology:
"I am right; I am competent"
"I know the right technique"