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Suggestions for this weeks class
For this Friday’s lesson I have received the following suggestions:
- From Kathy, to go through the vocabulary of the “Universal mental factors” of the Abhidhamma. There is more than one version, but we could use this one:
Seven universal mental factors
The seven universal mental factors (sabbacittasādhāraṇa cetasikas) are common (sādhāraṇa) to all consciousness (sabbacitta). Bhikkhu Bodhi states: “These factors perform the most rudimentary and essential cognitive functions, without which consciousness of an object would be utterly impossible.”
These seven factors are:
- Phassa– contact
- Vedanā– feeling
- Saññā– perception
- Cetanā– volition
- Ekaggatā– one-pointedness (orig. had final short /a/)
- Jīvita-indriya– life faculty
- Manasikāra– attention
And what does the word “abhidhamma” really mean?
- From Diana:
Sampajañña as in sati-sampajañña.
For this last, you could look at this very recent clip of Ajahn Sumedho:
The relevant part is between 16.50 minutes and 25.15 minutes.
- Time permitting, to look at the root √jīv and derivatives:
√jīv Skt jīvati = to live
- jīvita “that which is lived” = life (and see in the above list of cetasikas)
- jīvite nirveda/nibbidā = distaste/disgust for life
(a) alive: yāva-jīva-sukha
(b) living being (jīva-loka)
(c) the “jīva” – the “soul” (in Hinduism)
- jīvikā: life; livelihood
yāva-jīvikam adverb: “as long as life” = for as long as I live
- jīvin: as a suffix: one whose life is characterised by
e.g. dhamma-jīvin; pāpa-jīvin
- ājīva: way of living; livelihood (as in sammā-ājīva)
Sammā-ājīva is most often translated as “livelihood” – how you earn a living. But could it be wider: how you live your life? Or both?