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Training the Mind

With our meditation and mindfulness practice we are training to develop a mind that remains firmly in the present moment. It is in this present moment that the work is done and it is in this present moment that we will emerge victorious over our suffering.

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I walked twenty miles yesterday and my knees are knackered so I’ve only got a little offering for you today.

The following is my version of a story found in the Buddhist scriptures. In the original, the various teachings that the enquiring monk received weren’t quite as I have recorded them as I couldn’t find the text, but you’ll see that that aspect isn’t important.

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The Five Spiritual Faculties, Part 1

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Here we go again – another Part One!

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This is going to be a brief piece on one of my favourite sets of teachings: The Five Spiritual Faculties (Indriya).

There are five spiritual faculties that, when maintained in being and developed, merge in the deathless, reach to the deathless and end in the deathless. What five? They are the faculties of confidence, energy, mindfulness, samadhi and wisdom.”

S.48:57 *1.

As well as this list showing us five qualities that are essential to our progression on the path, it is laid out in such a way so that we can understand how they must be developed in harmony, with each balancing one another. For now I’m going to focus on this principle of balance.

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Snow!

April 8, 2008

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What we woke up to on Sunday morning.

My walking path.

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Anicca

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Our family used to spend many a holiday in Cornwall. The particular trip that is the subject of this story coincided with one of my birthdays, possibly my ninth or tenth. Read the rest of this entry »