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Concentration and wisdom

Group of five object-ascertaining mental factors

Part of a series of teachings given through the Dharma Friendship Foundation in Seattle from January 1995 to April 1996.

  • Object-ascertaining mental factors of aspiration, belief, mindfulness, concentration/stabilization and wisdom
  • Review of aspiration, belief (appreciation) and mindfulness
  • Intention moves the mind to an object, mindfulness holds the object of meditation without getting distracted, belief sees what is valuable in the object and cherishes it
  • Discussion on stabilization (concentration), stays on mentally imputed object single-pointedly for a long time, classification
  • Discussion on wisdom, analysis of the object, classification—(conventional existence, emptiness), (inborn, hearing, contemplating, meditating)

Mind and mental factors 06: Mindfulness, concentration, and wisdom (download)

Venerable Thubten Chodron

Venerable Chodron emphasizes the practical application of Buddha’s teachings in our daily lives and is especially skilled at explaining them in ways easily understood and practiced by Westerners. She is well known for her warm, humorous, and lucid teachings. She was ordained as a Buddhist nun in 1977 by Kyabje Ling Rinpoche in Dharamsala, India, and in 1986 she received bhikshuni (full) ordination in Taiwan. Read her full bio.