Podcast: Download Duration: — This is the second talk on May 6, and the talk in offered in English. We begin with a teaching on mental formations and the roots of our ill-being before moving toward the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path.
They are defined as aspects of the mind that apprehend the quality of an object, and that have the ability to color the mind. Within the Abhidhamma, the mental factors are categorized as formations Sanskrit : samskara concurrent with mind Sanskrit : citta. Mental factors are aspects of the mind that apprehend the quality of an object and have the ability to color the mind. Geshe Tashi Tsering explains:. The relationship between the main mind Sanskrit: citta and the mental factors can be described by the following metaphors:.
We have seeds of anger, despair, discrimination, fear, mindfulness, compassion, love, understanding, and so on in our basement storehouse. Store consciousness is made up of the totality of these seeds, and it is also the soil that maintains and nurtures all these seeds. The seeds stay there until we hear, see, read, or think of something that touches a seed, which then sprouts up as reactive anger, joy, sorrow, etc. Now we no longer call it a seed but a mental formation. A table and a house are physical formations. My hand is a physiological formation. My anger is a mental formation. In Buddhist psychology, we speak about fifty-two varieties of seeds that can manifest as fifty-two mental formations. Anger is just one of them. So how should we handle negative mental formations?
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