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Anapanasati Retreat 2003 Handouts - 7th and 8th Instructions

by Viveka

7 th and 8th Contemplations of the Feelings (Vedana) Tetrad

THE DYNAMICS OF MENTAL PROCESSES:
Hedonic
tone/characteristic
Sense Organs
(bodily or mental)
Eye
Sight
Ear
Sound
Nose
Smell
Pleasant
Tongue
CONTACT
Taste
Unpleasant
Body
Touch
Neutral
Mind
Thoughts
Bodily feeling from five senses
Mental feeling from thoughts
Tendency without awareness for a chain reaction:
Pleasant vedana
Attachment (craving)
Unpleasant vedana
Aversion (craving)
Neutral vedana
Ignorance, confusion, vagueness, fantasizing,
boredom
With awareness, finding and practicing with the “choice point”
Samsaric, contracted, reactive
Grasping

Craving
Sati/
Dukkha
Sraddha
Nirvanic, liberative,
Sampajanna/
creative
Appamada
CHOICE POINT
Feeling
Sampajanna (Sanskrit, samprajanya) – clear comprehension, to understand so we
can respond skillfully
Appamada (Sanskrit, apramada) – non-heedlessness, not letting our karmic
patterns get further entrenched, seizing the opportunity for freedom1
1 See Subhuti’s article on mindfulness in the Spring 2003 Madhayamavani for more on
sampajanna and appamada
Anapansati Retreat, 9/03, Dharmacharini Viveka
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