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July 2023 Talks

Updated: Jul 18, 2023

July 4: The Five Controlling Faculties - Part 3

Sati/mindfulness is the third controlling faculty that powers us along the Noble Eightfold Path. The Satipatthana Sutta - the 4 Focuses of Mindfulness which is fulfilled by Mindfulness of Breathing - The Anapanasati Sutta was discussed.

July 11: The Five Controlling Faculties - Part 4

Samadhi (stillness/absorption/immersion) is the fourth indriya that arises out of sati (the four focuses of mindfulness). Samadhi refers to the four jhanas which are described in depth in this video.

From samadhi arises clear seeing. Clear seeing combined with Right View (knowing the Four Noble Truths, dependent origination/cause and effect and the three characteristics/impermanence, unsatisfactoriness and non self) results in Awakening to the end of suffering.

For a more detailed discussion of this topic, see the link below for a 9 hour workshop by Ajahn Brahmali and Ven. Sunyo:

July 18: The Five Controlling Faculties - Part 5

Ayya Ahimsa discusses the fifth faculty: wisdom/pañña.

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