Emotions Talks

Emotions are physical and mental states brought on by neurophysiological changes, variously associated with thoughts, feelings, behavioral responses, and a degree of pleasure or displeasure. There is no scientific consensus on a definition. Emotions are often intertwined with mood, temperament, personality, disposition, or creativity.

Research on emotion has increased over the past two decades, with many fields contributing, including psychology, medicine, history, sociology of emotions, and computer science. The numerous attempts to explain the origin, function, and other aspects of emotions have fostered intense research on this topic. Theorizing about the evolutionary origin and possible purpose of emotion dates back to Charles Darwin. Current areas of research include the neuroscience of emotion, using tools like PET and fMRI scans to study the affective picture processes in the brain.

From a mechanistic perspective, emotions can be defined as "a positive or negative experience that is associated with a particular pattern of physiological activity." Emotions are complex, involving multiple different components, such as subjective experience, cognitive processes, expressive behavior, psychophysiological changes, and instrumental behavior. At one time, academics attempted to identify the emotion with one of the components: William James with a subjective experience, behaviorists with instrumental behavior, psychophysiologists with physiological changes, and so on. More recently, emotion has been said to consist of all the components. The different components of emotion are categorized somewhat differently depending on the academic discipline. In psychology and philosophy, emotion typically includes a subjective, conscious experience characterized primarily by psychophysiological expressions, biological reactions, and mental states. A similar multi-componential description of emotion is found in sociology. For example, Peggy Thoits described emotions as involving physiological components, cultural or emotional labels (anger, surprise, etc.), expressive body actions, and the appraisal of situations and contexts. Cognitive processes, like reasoning and decision-making, are often regarded as separate from emotional processes, making a division between "thinking" and "feeling". However, not all theories of emotion regard this separation as valid.

Nowadays, most research into emotions in the clinical and well-being context focuses on emotion dynamics in daily life, predominantly the intensity of specific emotions and their variability, instability, inertia, and differentiation, as well as whether and how emotions augment or blunt each other over time and differences in these dynamics between people and along the lifespan.

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Fire, Flood, Zazen

Emotions, Mindfulness, Four Noble Truths, Composure, Monkey Mind, Zoom, Lay Practice...
Sep 04 2021

Getting Stuck

Ordinary Mind, training, Instruction, Lay Practice, Don't Know Mind, Emotions,...
Aug 28 2021

Zazen Forms and Impermanence

Bowing, Emotions, Instruction, Impermanence, Posture, Precepts, Attachment, Observe,...
Jul 31 2021

The Practice Of Patience

Patience, Bowing, Enemies, Separation, Constancy, Buddha Nature, Bell, Culture,...
Apr 17 2021

Looking Back To Look Forward

Emotions, Blue Cliff Record, Diversity, Culture, Enemies, New Year, Dharma...
Nov 14 2020

Letting Go

Oneness, Emotions, Commitment, Book of Serenity, Five Ranks, Instruction, Posture,...
Sep 26 2020

Zazen Refresher

Posture, Instruction, Concentration, Beginners, Bowing, Chanting, American, Building...
Sep 04 2020

Courage

Doubt, Right Effort, Commitment, Precepts, Birth-and-Death, Ego, Subject-and-Object,...
Aug 29 2020

Heart Sutra

Heart Sutra, Chanting, Berkeley Zen Center, Emotions, Priest, Hindrances, Evil,...
Jul 25 2020

Public Dokusan 4

Composure, Offering, Emotions, Bell, Daily Life, Conversation, Building, Zoom,...
Jul 17 2020

Closely Watched 3

Karma, Dependent Origination, Ordinary Mind, Culture, Separation, Conversation,...
Jul 14 2020

Teaching Truth

War, Enemies, American, Ego, Evil, Dharma Transmission, Transmission, Hate, Offering...
Jul 11 2020

Closely Watched Mind 2

Emotions, Anger, Four Noble Truths, Cultivation, Subject-and-Object, Discrimination,...
Jul 07 2020

Closely Watched Mind 2

Emotions, Anger, Four Noble Truths, Cultivation, Subject-and-Object, Discrimination,...
Jul 06 2020

Don't Know Mind

Don't Know Mind, Intuition, Emotions, Conversation, Book of Serenity, Humility,...
Jun 27 2020

Everything Is Burning

training, American, Karma, Emotions, Greed, Politics, Bodhisattva Vow, Building,...
Jun 06 2020

Public Dokusan

Zoom, Practice Period, Silence, Discrimination, Daily Life, War, Emotions, Sangha,...
May 29 2020

The Koan Of Everyday Life

Emotions, Continuous, Separation, Composure, Aspects of Practice, Ego, Hindrances,...
May 09 2020

Continuous Practice

Emotions, Continuous, Separation, Bodhisattva Vow, Composure, Aspects of Practice,...
May 09 2020

Dogen's Three Minds

Berkeley Zen Center, Buddha Mind, Vows, Big Mind, Practice Period, Bodhisattva Way,...
May 02 2020

Notes From The Abbot

Birth-and-Death, Discrimination, Intimacy, Continuous, American, Non-discrimination,...
Apr 18 2020

Awareness of and Responsiveness to the Body

Emotions, Bodhisattva Vow, Posture, Vows, Offering, Instruction, Politics, Gratitude...
Nov 30 2019

Together Action

Intimacy, Four Noble Truths, Aspects of Practice, Culture, Hindrances, Observe, Bell...
Oct 05 2019

Our Original Home

Human consciousness limits reality so that it can grasp "things".

Torei Zenji, Consciousness, Ego, Emotions, Evil, Japan, Discrimination, Interview,...
Jul 13 2019
PM
No Abode Hermitage

Shuso Way-Seeking Mind Talk

Berkeley Zen Center, training, Practice Period, Religion, Emotions, Forgiveness,...
May 13 2019

Four Focuses

Emotions, Gaining Mind, Mindfulness, Hindrances, Anger, Attachment, Buddha Ancestors...
Mar 30 2019

Generating Energy

resistance, Patience, practicing generosity, Enthusiasm, Tassajara, Emotions, Breath...
Mar 09 2019
PM
No Abode Hermitage

Introduction to Joshu

Ordinary Mind, Passions, Hindrances, Patience, confusion, Culture, Karma, Gratitude,...
Nov 24 2018

Questions of Old Age

Practice Position, Emotions, Equanimity, Impermanence, Mindfulness, American,...
Aug 18 2018

Universal Cosmic Stillness

Serial: BZ-02628

 SESSHIN

 

Ordinary Mind, Samsara, Observe, Discrimination, Religion, Peace, Emotions
Aug 04 2018

Habit Energy

Buddha Nature, Practice Period, Gratitude, Buddha Mind, Instruction, Doubt, training...
Jul 14 2018

Suzuki Roshi Sun-Faced Buddha, Moon-Faced Buddha

Serial: BZ-02621

Sesshin Day 5

 

Birth-and-Death, Practice Period, Emotions, Intimacy, Attachment, Dogen, Bell,...
Jun 17 2018

Right Speech

Right Speech, Vows, Precepts, Karma, Four Noble Truths, Mindfulness, Bodhisattva Vow...
Feb 10 2018

ClayTalkMay2018

Blue Cliff Record, Building, Book of Serenity, Emotions, Lineage, Sangha, Gratitude,...
2018

Birth And Death

Birth-and-Death, Karma, Emotions, Death-and-Dying, Funeral, Continuous, Buddha Nature...
Dec 02 2017

Non-Duality: Freedom from Extremes

Intuition, Emotions, Non-duality, Duality, Buddha Nature, Anger, Ego, Funeral,...
Sep 16 2017

The Self in Times of Turmoil

Conversation, Hate, Observe, Evil, Culture, Sanctuary, Instruction, Emotions,...
Aug 26 2017

Mindfulness and How We Get Along

Mindfulness, Four Foundations, Culture, Peace, Gratitude, Vimalakirti, Enemies,...
Aug 12 2017

Ordinary Mind is the Way

Ordinary Mind, Intuition, Conversation, Teacher-and-Student, Non-duality, Beginners,...
Jul 29 2017

Way-Seeking Mind Talk

Ego, Equanimity, Conversation, Instruction, Building, Peace, Emotions
Jul 17 2017

Heart Sutra

Serial: BZ-02553

Sesshin Day 2

 

Ego, Heart Sutra, Emotions, Duality, Offering, Peace, causation, Karma, Addiction,...
Jun 08 2017

Precepts Class 5

Serial: BZ-02550

PP Class

Precepts, Ego, Culture, Anger, Renunciation, Heart Sutra, Mahayana, Emotions, Lay...
Jun 01 2017

Precepts Class 4

Serial: BZ-02548

PP Class

Precepts, Bodhisattva Precepts, Conversation, Anger, Greed, Emotions, Evil,...
May 25 2017

Intuit

Serial: BZ-02519

Rohatsu Day 6

 

Intuition, Discrimination, Building, Emotions, Four Noble Truths, Composure, Buddha...
Dec 09 2016

Talk Rohatsu Day 3

training, Composure, Four Noble Truths, Duality, Emotions, Vows, Priest, Ego,...
Dec 06 2016

Problems With Zazen

Serial: BZ-02515

Rohatsu Day 2

 

Instruction, Posture, Nirvana, Practice Period, Harmonizing, Oneness, Conversation,...
Dec 05 2016

Wheel of Life, Karmic Life, Buddhist Life

Big Mind, Karma, Emotions, Greed, Anger, Happiness, Birth-and-Death, Demons,...
Dec 03 2016

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