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Catching It at the Feeling

Catching It at the Feeling

a theme from the Upasika Day teachings the day before, Ajahn
Jotipālo contemplates
the somewhat mysterious word from the Buddha's time, papañca.
translated as “mental proliferation” and more recently translated
by Thanissaro Bhikkhu as “objectification,” Ajahn
Jotipālo reflects
on it as a process by which the natural peaceful state of mind is cut
off by obstacles of thoughts and mental states that
bring us into the realm of “self.”
He explores two
different angles to come at papañca
- paying attention
to the resulting actions, whether skillful or unskillful, and
watching how sense contact leads to feeling, which more
often than not begins
a descent into dukkha. He also relates this phenomenon to the act of
asking forgiveness for unskillful actions. This
talk was offered on October
at Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery.