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The Orlando Insight Meditation Group is a non-profit organization formed to support the practice of insight (vipassana) meditation in the Orlando area.



Peter Carlson has practiced Theravadin Mindfulness meditation since his first retreat at the Insight Meditation Society in Massachussetts in 1982.



He has sat over 30 retreats since then, lasting from 3 days to 3 months in duration. He has attended retreats led by many different teachers, including Joseph Goldstein, Sharon Salzberg, Larry Rosenberg, Carol Wilson, Marcia Rose, Arinna Weisman, Bhante Gunaratana, S. N. Goenka, and, most recently, Matt Flickstein.



After many requests, we've arranged to post the Wednesday night Buddhist meditation group into podcast format. We hope you find them beneficial.

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The Orlando Insight Meditation Group is a non-profit organization formed to support the practice of insight (vipassana) meditation in the Orlando area.



Peter Carlson has practiced Theravadin Mindfulness meditation since his first retreat at the Insight Meditation Society in Massachussetts in 1982.



He has sat over 30 retreats since then, lasting from 3 days to 3 months in duration. He has attended retreats led by many different teachers, including Joseph Goldstein, Sharon Salzberg, Larry Rosenberg, Carol Wilson, Marcia Rose, Arinna Weisman, Bhante Gunaratana, S. N. Goenka, and, most recently, Matt Flickstein.



After many requests, we've arranged to post the Wednesday night Buddhist meditation group into podcast format. We hope you find them beneficial.

    Reviewing The Unwholesome Mind Conditioners

    Reviewing The Unwholesome Mind Conditioners

    This talk continues a review of the 52 cetasikas, those functions that condition how self-organization is formed, with emphasis on the 14 unwholesome mind conditioners.  Each is reviewed and their interactions with other ethically malleable mind conditioning functions is described.  The intention is to be able to understand the mind conditioners conceptually and then be able to be immediately aware of their operation through the cultivation of mindful investigation.  The goal of this practice is to “deconstruct” the misconception that there is an enduring and autonomous self.  To further this insight, this talk is complemented by a recording of the same evening, found in the archive of this site entitled “Contemplating The Unwholesome Mind Conditioners”

    Here are the notes prepared for this talk:  2021 THE-UNWHOLESOME-MIND-CONDITIONERS  Here is a document that shows all 52 of the cetasikas:  CETASIKAS POSTER

    Next week’s talk will review the 7 Universal Wholesome Cetasikas, which function in every moment of experience that is unaffected by dukkha.

    • 56 Min.
    Contemplating The Unwholesome Mind Conditioners

    Contemplating The Unwholesome Mind Conditioners

    This guided meditation provides suggestions that bring attention to several of the 14 unwholesome mind conditioners.  It is intended to complement the Dharma talk of the same evening entitled “Reviewing The Unwholesome Mind Conditioners”, which can be found in the archives of this site.

    • 44 Min.
    The Occasional Mind Conditioners

    The Occasional Mind Conditioners

    Continuing the review of the 52 cetasikas, those factors that condition the formations of personality, the focus of this talk is on what are termed the Occasional or Particular Cetasikas.  These mind conditioning functions appear in most moments of self-organization, but may be absent or “disabled” when associated with certain unwholesome mind conditioning functions.  During the review, the interactions between the Occasional Cetasikas and the Universal Cetasikas is described, as these provide a foundational condition that can be aligned with either wholesome or unwholesome mind conditioning functions.  This talk was accompanied by a “Guided Mind Conditioner Contemplation”, recorded the same night and posted in the archives.

    Here are the notes prepared for this talk:  THE OCCASIONAL MIND CONDITIONERS

    For further review of the entire listing of the cetasikas, this document is:  CETASIKAS POSTER

    Next week’s talk will review the Unwholesome cetasikas.

    • 1 Std. 7 Min.
    Guided Mind Conditioner Contemplation

    Guided Mind Conditioner Contemplation

    This guided meditation reviews the Universal and Occasional mind conditioning functions that may be investigated while practicing mindfulness of breathing meditation.  It is intended to accompany the Dharma talk entitled “The Occasional Mind Conditioners” recorded the same evening.

    • 44 Min.
    Understanding The Universal Mind Conditioners

    Understanding The Universal Mind Conditioners

    Continuing a review of the 52 cetasikas, conditioning factors in the mind, the focus for this talk are each of the 7 Universal Mind Conditioners: Feeling, Perception, Contact, Volition, Concentration, Vitality and Attention.  These factors participate in every moment of consciousness, whether the mind manifests wholesome or unwholesome self-organizations.  Understanding the function of these mind conditioners conceptually creates the conditions that support direct identification of them as impersonal while practicing mindfulness of breathing meditation, and this insight reveals the non-self characteristic of human personality.

    Here are the notes prepared for this talk:  Reviewing The Universal Mind Conditioners

    Here is the document that shows all 52 of the cetasikas:  CETASIKAS POSTER

    The focus for the next talk will be what are called the Particular or Occasional Cetasikas.

    • 45 Min.
    Overview of the 52 Mind Conditioners

    Overview of the 52 Mind Conditioners

    This Dharma talk is a continuation of reviews regarding the Fourth Foundation of Mindfulness, particularly focusing on the 4th of the 5 Aggregates, the Mind Conditioning Factors called Cetasikas.  The talk provides a generalized view of how Buddhism describes those mental constituents that form a subjective experience of a self.  The intention of this review is to create an understanding of the general characteristics of the several categories of cetasikas: Universal, Particular, Unwholesome and Wholesome.  These categories will be reviewed in more detail over the course of several subsequent Dharma talks.  During the talk, a chart of the cetasikas was provided during the Zoom meeting through screen sharing; here is that document for future reference:  CETASIKAS POSTER

    Here are the notes prepared for this talk:  Overview of the Mind Conditioning Factors

    The focus for the next talk with be the Universal cetasikas.

    • 41 Min.