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Satipatthana Sutta, Third Foundation: Division Through Judgment

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Teacher: Rodney Smith
Date: 2011-05-10
Venue: Seattle Insight Meditation Center



Judgment is seeing the world in quantifiable terms. There a holistic way of seeing that is not partial and comparative but becomes inaccessible when we believe in judgment. Let the presence of judgment remind you that your thinking and emoting is arising from an incomplete perception. Quiet yourself to the inward narrative and allow the whole mind, undivided by judgment, to arise.


Much of your current judging mind was induced in childhood through family values and
poor communication. Reflect on your childhood and consider the consequences on you of
the judgments that were supported by your family. What were the prejudices on money,
class, race, gender, intelligence, etc.? How did these judgments condition your view of the world? Are they still operating within that view? Now consider the way your family spoke to you when you were young. What was communicated about who you were and how you acted? Notice how those judgments have persisted over time through your self-talk and
have evolved into deeply entrenched self-beliefs. Can you be aware and accountable to that conditioning without blaming your family? Are you able to question the assumptions you have formed from the conditioned way you think of yourself and others?


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