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Lions Roar : May 2008
SHAMBHALA SUN MAY 2008 20 formations: different aspects of the mind ranging from root afflictions—anger, ignorance, pride, jealousy, doubt, view— to virtuous activity, such as compassion, mindfulness, and awareness. As soon as we have formation, what follows is action. For example, if some- thing feels good, then I’m going to do whatever I can to protect that experience; that’s called aggression. Where does that action take place? It takes place in the fifth skandha, which is consciousness. Consciousness is the field of self- awareness where the first four skandhas happen. It is divided into eight categories. The first five consciousnesses register the mental sensation associated with ob- jects of each sense organ: eye, ear, nose, tongue, and body. The sixth conscious- ness registers the sensations associated with objects of the mind organ. This is the consciousness we use in peacefully abiding meditation. Resting in that sixth consciousness, we can hear things, smell things, and touch things, but we are no longer so distracted by them. On the other hand, if we’re always at the gate of the sense consciousnesses, we’re quick to react through karma. In that case, our meditation will rou- tinely be to hear sound, have thought, and act. That kind of meditation is not particularly peaceful because it puts us at the mercy of every event that arises. When we meditate, the sixth conscious- ness has the feeling of being somewhat withdrawn, but for a purpose. We are trying to observe the mind and work stage by stage in order to slowly unravel the conceptual process. Contemplating the skandhas one by one deepens our under- standing of how we fabricate a conceptual projection that keeps us trapped in samsara. Do you want leading edge skills to negotiate the challenges you face? Do you want world-class tools to transform conflict? Beyond YesTM: Negotiation Mastery from the Inside Out With Erica Ariel Fox (Lecturer, Harvard Law School) And Mark Thornton Mediating Dangerously: Conflict Skills for Difficult Times With Kenneth Cloke Register now while spaces last at www.eOmega.org or call 800-944-1001. Formerly hosted by the Harvard Negotiation Insight Initiative. “A perfect combination of professional skills and a personal journey. Truly exceptional.” –2007 Participant The Summer Learning Forum June 29-July 4, 2008 Hosted by Omega Institute, Rhinebeck New York MAY 18-41.indd 20 MAY 18-41.indd 20 3/6/08 4:32:04 PM 3/6/08 4:32:04 PM