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Seeing the Results of Practice

The above are some of the techniques I have found useful when planning and practicing a Home Retreat. Many of these instructions will apply to you but some won’t. After you experiment, you’ll discover those that are useful to you, those that are not and some new ones that will come from your own wisdom as the retreat unfolds. You’ll also likely notice that what is useful on one Home Retreat may or may not be as useful on another. Let your criteria of what is useful be what helps to sustain continuity of attention in your sati-sampajañña. Be careful not to confuse easy and pleasant for wise and skillful practice. 
    By training ourselves with Home Retreats we provide immeasurable benefits both in the short and the long haul. We functionally strengthen the indeterminate mental factors such as intention, effort, concentration, etc. towards their default, linking with wholesomeness and learning how to apply them both during formal practice and in our everyday activities. The indeterminate mental factors are those states of mind that by themselves have no intrinsic qualities of wholesomeness

Hands in meditation
or unwholesomeness. They can be strengthened or weakened by their use or non-use if exercised consciously or when allowed to weaken unconsciously. They accompany all thought, speech and action and can be used for wholesome or unwholesome ends.

Seeing the Results of Practice

The above are some of the techniques I have found useful when planning and practicing a Home Retreat. Many of these instructions will apply to you but some won’t. After you experiment, you’ll discover those that are useful to you, those that are not and some new ones that will come from your own wisdom as the retreat unfolds. You’ll also likely notice that what is useful on one Home Retreat may or may not be as useful on another. Let your criteria of what is useful be what helps to sustain continuity of attention in your sati-sampajañña. Be careful not to confuse easy and pleasant for wise and skillful practice. 
    By training ourselves with Home Retreats we provide immeasurable benefits both in the short and the long haul. We functionally strengthen the indeterminate mental factors such as intention, effort, concentration, etc. towards their default, linking with wholesomeness and learning how to apply them both during formal practice and in our everyday activities. The indeterminate mental factors are those states of mind that by themselves have no intrinsic qualities of wholesomeness
or unwholesomeness. They can be strengthened or weakened by their use or non-use if exercised consciously or when allowed to weaken unconsciously. They accompany all thought, speech and action and can be used for wholesome or unwholesome ends.

Hands in meditation

We functionally strengthen the indeterminate mental factors: The Abhidhamma in Practice, N.K.G. Mendis. Section The Cetasikassubcategory, Sankharas. Access to Insight.

Abbreviations in footnotes: AN: Aṅguttara Nikāya, DN: Dingha Nikāya, MN: Majjhima Nikāya, SN: Saṃyutta Nikāya