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This is a series of talks by Gil Fronsdal on the Five Spiritual Faculties (Indriya). The Buddha was very pragmatic. He didn't philosophize about "the nature of reality"; he gave us simple, basic guidelines about how we can manage the challenges and difficulties of life. The Buddha started with the basic human condition: we often suffer. Suffering can take many forms: anxiety, tension, stress, grief, fear, or dissatisfaction, to name a few. He emphasized that suffering is workable, that we can engage with our suffering in such a way as to be freed from it. He described five faculties that we need to develop to do so: confidence (faith), effort, mindfulness, concentration, and discernment (wisdom). These five qualities are present in varying degrees in almost every activity. They are useful in developing any skill, be it playing a musical instrument, training in a sport, or cultivating a meditative mind. The Buddha recognized these universal human capacities and taught us how to use them to develop the craft of meditation.


Faith - Saddhā   RSS

Saddhā (1 of 5) Faith
Gil Fronsdal 2020-03-16 14:34
Saddhā (2 of 5) Confidence
Gil Fronsdal 2020-03-17 14:38
Saddhā (3 of 5) Conviction
Gil Fronsdal 2020-03-18 13:45
Saddhā (4 of 5) Trust
Gil Fronsdal 2020-03-19 14:53
Saddhā (5 of 5) Acceptance + Q&A
Gil Fronsdal 2020-03-20 28:06
Effort - Viriya   RSS

Viriya (1 of 5) Initiating Effort
Gil Fronsdal 2020-03-23 15:00
Viriya (2 of 5) Right Endeavor
Gil Fronsdal 2020-03-24 13:29
Viriya (3 of 5) Continuous Effort
Gil Fronsdal 2020-03-25 14:30
Viriya (4 of 5) Mindfulness and Calm
Gil Fronsdal 2020-03-26 13:44
Viriya (5 of 5) Effortless Effort
Gil Fronsdal 2020-03-27 29:21
Mindfulness - Sati   RSS

Sati (1 of 5) Simple Mindfulness
Gil Fronsdal 2020-03-30 15:17
Sati (2 of 5) Recognition
Gil Fronsdal 2020-03-31 14:21
Sati (3 of 5) Observation
Gil Fronsdal 2020-04-01 13:33
Sati (4 of 5) Observing Change
Gil Fronsdal 2020-04-02 14:10
Sati (5 of 5) Abiding in Lucid Awareness (plus Q&A)
Gil Fronsdal 2020-04-03 31:45
Concentration - Samadhi   RSS

Samādhi (1 of 5) Concentration as Centering and Letting Go Into
Gil Fronsdal 2020-04-06 11:52
Samādhi (2 of 5) Connecting, and Sustaining Awareness
Gil Fronsdal 2020-04-07 14:42
Samādhi (3 of 5) Unification of Mind
Gil Fronsdal 2020-04-08 14:48
Samādhi (4 of 5) Wellbeing and Joy
Gil Fronsdal 2020-04-09 12:27
Samādhi (5 of 5) Equanimity to the Fruit Drops
Gil Fronsdal 2020-04-10 20:38
Wisdom - Paññā   RSS

Paññā (1 of 5) The Wisdom Arising from Suffering
Gil Fronsdal 2020-04-13 12:42
Paññā (2 of 5) Distinguishing Wisdom
Gil Fronsdal 2020-04-14 13:37
Paññā (3 of 5) Decisive Wisdom
Gil Fronsdal 2020-04-15 14:17
Paññā (4 of 5) Revelatory Wisdom
Gil Fronsdal 2020-04-16 14:13
Paññā (5 of 5) Liberative Wisdom
Gil Fronsdal 2020-04-17 13:37
Faith / Confidence Gil Fronsdal 2004-05-10 43:13
Effort Gil Fronsdal 2004-05-17 38:07
Mindfulness Gil Fronsdal 2004-05-24 41:07
Concentration Gil Fronsdal 2004-06-14 45:31
Wisdom / Discernment Gil Fronsdal 2004-06-21 42:56

 

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