This Sunday, Michael played portions of a talk by John Peacock, on Papanca, the tendency of the mind to proliferate apparently random thoughts, and the practice of Metta meditation, and ways in which that might serve to tame the very basis of Papanca.
The complete talk is titled Papanca Part Three: The Brahma Viharas, was delivered on Muly 8 2011, and can be found at
The Metta Sutta, which John quoted and entered into our discussion can be found at
Sam brought a talk by John Peacock on anatta, often translated non-self, which cast a backward glance toward the five aggregates, exploring how none of them constitute a self, and how clinging to identification with any of them leads to distress. Peackock’s talk, given on July 6, 2011, is the second of three relating to Papanca, random mental proliferations, and is titled “Papanca Part Two: The Tyranny of the Self,” and can be found on dharmaseed.com.
The third of his talks will be our subject for next Sunday.
Our day-long retreat was structured around experiencing the five aggregates, and included yoga and sensory awareness, as well as two reflections/meditations on the aggregates
Pascal Auclair Morning Instructions – Five Aggregates 2012 – 01/04
and Myoshin Kelley Guided Meditation on the Five Aggregates 2007 – 10/12
Information about the practice of Sensory Awareness can be found at
The recorded talk today was by Guy Armstrong entitled Patterns of Becoming 2: The Five Aggregates
Here’s a link to the recording on Dharmaseed: http://dharmaseed.org/teacher/79/talk/15469/