In Pali - terms for consciousness, perception, mindfulness and wisdom - have some very specific meanings. In English, however there are often multiple meanings for each one of these words. This talk will help to clarify their meanings, particularly as they apply to our meditation practice.
After a brief review of dependent origination we look at ways of understanding several examples of suffering according to the model, and then point to multiple ways that we intervene-especially in the areas of action, direct experience, dispositions and ignorance.
Our fear-based doings block us from realizing the formless dimension of our Being, and living from that source of wisdom and love. This talk explores the habitual control strategies that keep us from presence; and the role of mindfulness and lovingkindness in reconnecting with the ground of Being.