In his talk this week, Joseph describes the cessation of dukkha in the simplest of terms, as the letting go of craving.
Having defined and described dukkha, this week Joseph explains the cause of dukkha, which is craving.
This week, Joseph moves on to teaching about the Four Noble Truths, which, he says, “express the very essence of the Buddha’s awakening”.
The last of the seven factors of awakening is Equanimity, and this week Joseph introduces it, saying, “One could say that the whole path rests on the maturing of this powerful enlightenment factor.”
Continuing his teaching on concentration, this week Joseph develops the instruction on ways to arouse concentration
Joseph introduces concentration, the sixth of the seven factors of awakening, saying, “Clearly, concentration is one of the key players on this path of awakening.”
As he has done the past 4 weeks, Joseph reviews the relationships of the seven Factors of Awakening. This week, he elaborates on the fifth factor, Calm, which he says is often overlooked or under-emphasized.
In this continuing discussion of the Awakening Factor of Rapture, Joseph describes four reflections that can lead to strong piti or rapture.
The Seven Factors of Awakening are a progression, moving from Mindfulness to Investigation to Energy and now we learn about the Factor of Rapture.
Progressing from Mindfulness and Investigation, the third Factor of Awakening is Energy.