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Teacher: Rodney Smith
Date: 2005-05-10
Venue: Seattle Insight Meditation Center



Write down a list of cultural, spiritual, or psychological assumptions that have driven your life. Don’t go by whether you believe them intellectually, but by whether you play them out emotionally. For example, conflicts around self-improvement, self-dislike, the consumption mentality of trying to have it all, and belief in separateness. Pick one assumption and investigate its value and limitation experientially on your life. When you experience it directly, what does it offer you? See why you maintain it. Experience its limitation. Does it stand between you and a greater sense of freedom? Let your questions take you to the direct observation of the assumption itself. Investigation does not take sides. Do not try to persuade yourself nor opinionate about the “corrective action needed.” Just look inquisitively. Experience what you are doing, the immediate action, and the states of mind that accompany it. Notice how the factor of investigation feed mindfulness, energy, joy, equanimity, and the rest of the Seven Factors?

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