Sunday, January 30, 2011

How the Mind Works -A Model Based on Buddhist Texts -Part 3


Anonymous said...

Great model. I have a question on feeling. They are either positive, negative or neutral. Where in the sequence of events shown in the model does the previous experience that would lead to these feelings being positive, negative or neutral come in?

Dr. Piyal Walpola said...

Thank you for the feedback. Here is an extract from a older post:

"Mental formations will give rise to applied and sustained thoughts. They may also give rise to mental proliferation (conceptual proliferation) of the thoughts about the past present and the future. This is a feedback loop back into the mind as mind objects so it can continue as a vicious cycle. There are also thoughts that can be retrieved from memory in mind consciousness back into the mind. Mind consciousness may leave imprints of your past memory as sort of "auto save copy" in memory of your computer. The past memory in turn can influence your feelings, perceptions and thoughts."

There are other related post in the blog that discusses how our past memory can influence present, feelings, perceptions and thoughts. I have also referenced some related scientific publications in some of the posts.

Here is a sample:

I hope this is useful. I am working on a new post on craving. I will post this soon. This will explain it further. Please do not hesitate to ask any questions you have in the future.
Best Regards.