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Satipatthana Sutta, Second Foundation: Feelings Molding Character

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Teacher: Rodney Smith
Date: 2010-09-14
Venue: Seattle Insight Meditation Center



Feelings are the first conditioned reference we offer the moment. Through our feelings we are prepared to turn away, ignore, or grasp the experience at hand. Feelings set up our attitudes, personal story, and character to carry us forward in a predisposed way.


Buddhist commentaries speak of three types of personalities: greedy, aversive, or deluded. These are based on a predisposition toward one of the three feeling tones (pleasant, unpleasant, neutral). Your sense of self can form around the preponderance of one of these feelings. Discover which personality type best represents you and watch your responses to the associated feeling. Notice how you are prepared to accept, reject, or not notice new
situations, events, people, or places. Attempt to counteract your conditioning by focusing on the feeling prior to the action/reaction. Gently hold the feeling but do not fall prey to its power. See if you can alter your conditioned response to circumstances.


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