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||Gil Fronsdal||2020.03.16||1:25:57||1:25:57
|Effort - Viriya||Gil Fronsdal||2020.03.23||1:26:04||1:26:04
|Mindfulness - Sati||Gil Fronsdal||2020.03.30||1:29:07||1:29:07
|Concentration - Samadhi||Gil Fronsdal||2020.04.06||3:50:14||3:50:14
|Wisdom - Paññā||Gil Fronsdal||2020.04.13||1:08:29||1:08:29
|Faith / Confidence||Gil Fronsdal||2004.05.10||43:13||43:13
|Wisdom / Discernment||Gil Fronsdal||2004.06.21||42:56||42:56