Saturday, July 1, 2017

The Seven Factors of Enlightenment (talks)

Addie deHilster, La Crescenta
There are some topics we've been discussing recently, like this segment of a talk by Martin Aylward.
It's entitled "No Wrong Experience," which addresses embodied attention and how to mindfully investigate what's arising moment by moment.
This week, there was also a brief overview of the teaching called the Seven Factors of Enlightenment. These are ordinary, innate qualities (we all have them) we develop and keep in balance through practice:
  1. mindfulness
  2. investigation
  3. energy
  4. joy
  5. tranquility
  6. concentration
  7. equanimity.
The way to liberation? Bojjhangas.
Jack Kornfield from Spirit Rock has an excellent article on the subject of enlightenment factors:
With an emphasis on their ordinariness and also good is this by Gil Fronsdal:
What does the term bodhi -- as in Bodhi Tree -- mean, "awakening" or "enlightenment"? It's the same thing! Whatever our aspiration for practice might be, these seven factors are wonderful, accessible qualities to cultivate. More

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