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Buddhist Studies Course - Mindfulness of the Mind and Mental Qualities - Week 8 - The Seven Factors of Awakening
2016-03-01 Buddhist Studies Course - Mindfulness of the Mind and Mental Qualities - Week 8 - The Seven Factors of Awakening 63:58
Mark Nunberg
Tonight we will review the Buddha's teaching on the Seven Factors of Awakening. There are the inherent qualities of mind that when recognized and developed in balance with each other inevitably lead onward to awakening. They include mindfulness, investigation, energy/persistence, joy, tranquility, concentration/steadiness and equanimity. Joseph Goldstein calls these factors, "The sap that runs through the Buddha's tree of liberation; a powerful healing medicine that we must actually develop in our own minds." In the Buddhist tradition, it is thought that just to be reminded of these inherent qualities, to bring them to mind, is considered to be deeply healing and protecting. Are we willing to learn to recognize them, and learn how to feed or strengthen these aspects of the mind. Here is a link to the Ahara Sutta, a discourse of the Buddha's where he describes how to strengthen and weaken the factors of awakening This discourse also describes how to feed and weaken the five hindrances
Buddhist Studies Course - Mindfulness of the Mind and Mental Qualities
Attached Files:
  • Ahara Sutta by Thanissaro Bikkhu (PDF)
  • Seven Factors of Awakening by Insight Meditation Center (Link)

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