Nature of mind
Parent topic: Nature of the cosmos
Subtopics: Memory, Moods of the mind, Dreams, Psychic powers
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Abhayagiri 2014 Winter Retreat, Session 20Ajahn Pasanno – Feb. 2, 2014

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3. “I'm interested in the theme mentioned of the body and mind being separate from each other. The questioner asks 'Don't they have influence on one another?' I'm curious about how to reflect on that.” [Form] [Nature of mind] // [Ajahn Chah] [Sickness] [Knowing itself]

Story: Ajahn Chah retreats into the peace and stability of the mind to cope with a lung infection.


Death and Dying, Session 2Ajahn Yatiko, Jeanne Daskais and Debbie Stamp – May. 9, 2014

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17. Comment: You spoke of death as the dissolution of the body and awareness coming home. The life that we think we're leading is not the life that we know about when we're aware. [Form] [Knowing itself] [Nature of mind] [Death]

Response by Ajahn Pasanno: When death comes, our life is like something that is built up out of crystal that becomes a pile of rubble in the end. It's so important to recognize that within that there is this possibility of awareness and purity of heart. [Similes]


Thai Forest Tradition, Session 3Ajahn Pasanno – Jun. 14, 2014

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5. “In an earlier reading, Ajahn Mun mentioned the primal mind. Is that what you're discussing here?” [Ajahn Mun] [Nature of mind] [Thai Forest Tradition] // [Knowing itself] [Ajahn Chah]

Reading: Questions and answers regarding the primal mind from Collected Teachings of Ajahn Chah, p. 478. [Nature of mind]


Questions and Answers with Dharma Realm Buddhist UniversityAjahn Pasanno – Nov. 18, 2014

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23. “Is the peaceful mind your home?” [Nature of mind] [Tranquility] // [Proliferation] [Suffering]


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28. “What are the natural inclinations that can lead to well-being and peace?” [Nature of mind] [Happiness] [Tranquility] // [Aversion] [Right Effort] [Compassion]


2014 Thanksgiving Monastic Retreat, Session 3Ajahn Pasanno – Nov. 24, 2014

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7. “Thank you for these wonderful teachings. I understand that “citta” is both the heart and mind but my felt experience is often so different. My mind is often crabby and critical and down right mean, at least to me, but my heart is soft and sweet and easily moved. In fact, my mind can make my heart cry! Please help with this dilemma. Much mettā.” [Nature of mind] [Heart/mind] [Judgementalism]


2014 Thanksgiving Monastic Retreat, Session 6Ajahn Pasanno – Nov. 27, 2014

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15. “Can you please explain whether there is a difference between “mind” and “consciousness,” because everything seems to be experienced in the mind; the body is experienced in the mind; feelings also seem to be experienced by the mind, as well as perceptions, sensations, etc. Thank you for your teaching and explanation.” [Heart/mind] [Consciousness] [Aggregates] [Nature of mind]


Abhayagiri 2015 Winter Retreat, Session 13Ajahn Pasanno – Jan. 22, 2015

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3. “What did Winnie-the-Pooh say about intellect versus understanding?” [Winnie-the-Pooh] [Nature of mind] [Humor]


The Middle Way of Not-Self, Session 2Ajahn Pasanno – May. 27, 2015

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3. “Ajahn Mun taught Ajahn Chah to distinguish between the mind and mind objects. Is the mind that distinguishes between these a development of ordinary mind or a larger mind that we tap into as we develop wisdom?” [Ajahn Mun] [Ajahn Chah] [Heart/mind] [Moods of the mind] [Not-self] [Nature of mind] [Discernment] // [Conditionality] [Liberation] [Direct experience]

Response: Both of these are wrong. [Proliferation]

Sutta: MN 11 Cūḷasīhanāda Sutta


Desire or Aspiration, Session 1Ajahn Pasanno – Jun. 14, 2015

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4. “Are all manifestations of desire and motivation ultimately a desire for happiness or are there motivations for truly negative things?” [Desire] [Craving] [Volition] [Happiness] [Unskillful qualities] [Nature of mind] // [Ill-will] [Fear] [Discernment]


2015 Thanksgiving Monastic Retreat, Session 4Ajahn Pasanno – Nov. 24, 2015

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4. ““Luminous is the mind.” Is the luminous mind conditioned or unconditioned? If unconditioned, then it's Nirvana. If conditioned/impermanent, then Nirvana is beyond the mind? Yet it can be known by the mind?” [Nature of mind] [Unconditioned] [Nibbāna]


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18. “If mind and consciousness are impermanent, what/who is aware? Also, who/what is it that experiences the results of karma, especially after the body dies and perhaps is reborn?” [Kamma] [Rebirth] [Impermanence] [Nature of mind]


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19. “Can you please explain mindfulness or awareness of consciousness? I can understand consciousness arising as a result of stimuli entering the sense doors, but how does one become aware of consciousness itself? Or is this the right question about consciousness?” [Mindfulness of mind] [Consciousness] [Nature of mind]


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21. “Can you say something about the difference between “the mind” and the brain?” [Nature of mind]


2015 Thanksgiving Monastic Retreat, Session 6Ajahn Pasanno – Nov. 26, 2015

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3. “All the stories you told us this morning made me realize the fact that what we are seeking is just right here in our mind. What do you think?” [Nature of mind]


Thanksgiving Retreat 2016, Session 1Ajahn Pasanno – Nov. 19, 2016

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6. “Does the Buddha say all beings are inherently good? How about generosity? Do all human beings have the capacity for generosity?” [Nature of mind] [Generosity]


Thanksgiving Retreat 2016, Session 8Ajahn Pasanno – Nov. 26, 2016

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7. “Mind is impermanent correct? So when the Buddha says that the mind is radiant and it gets obscured by defilements, does this mean that the mind that arises without defilements in that moment is radiant?....so radiance is composed of many minds arising and passing away without defilements?” [Heart/mind] [Impermanence] [Nature of mind]


Tea Time Q&A with Ajahn PasannoAjahn Pasanno – May. 16, 2021

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9. “Is it true that consciousness, the universal energy in all living organisms, exists within us and outside of us? Is it everywhere?” [Consciousness] [Nature of mind] [Nature of the cosmos] // [Clinging] [Proliferation]