five powers

Deerhaven 2015 Seventh Night Dhamma Talk

by Peter Carlson on March 28, 2015

During this talk, Peter explains the “fulfilling of the seven factors of awakening”, as described by the Anapanasati Sutta, quoting the translation by Gil Fronsdal.  During the explanations, Peter used a graphic illustration of what are called the “panca bala”, the five powers, to describe the dynamic balancing of energy-tranquility, combined with the balancing of concentration-investigation.  This process is ongoing due to the reality of impermanence, and the resulting dynamic equilibrium is equanimity.

Awakening With Tranquility

by Peter Carlson on October 3, 2014

This dhamma dialogue continues the exploration of the seven factors of awakening, focused on passadhi, tranquility.  During the discussion, Peter explained the different categories where tranquility is placed in addition to a factor for awakening.  It’s function of balancing the awakening factor of energy was emphasized, focused on the peaceful quality of the “flow” of energy through different self-states.

Here are the notes prepared for this discussion:  AWAKENING WITH TRANQUILITY

Next week’s discussion will explore the awakening factor of concentration.

From Demons to Angels

by Mary Ann on June 16, 2014

As a response to requests from various sangha members, I’ve written an article that includes the graphic regarding the “five powers” and how we can progress our practice beyond the influence of the five hindrances and towards the fostering of the seven factors of awakening.

Click to download:  FROM DEMONS TO ANGELS

Resolving Skeptical Doubt

by Peter Carlson on June 12, 2014

During this talk, the hindrance of skeptical doubt was discussed, using the Buddhist concept of panca bala, the five powers or five faculties to describe the dynamic balancing of energy/tranquility and faith/discernment through ongoing mindfulness practice.  This was followed by dialogue to make the abstract principles more concretely understood.  Next week’s topic will be exploring the transition from overcoming the hindrances to cultivating wisdom.

Fourth Night: Awakening Factors

by Peter Carlson on February 26, 2013

During this extensive Dhamma talk, Peter described satibojjhanga, the seven awakening factors: mindfulness, investigation of phenomena, energy/effort, joy/enthusiastic engagement, tranquility, concentration and equanimity.  Once the five hindrances have been set aside, the cultivation of vipassana is furthered through the perfection of these factors.  Peter explained how the factors co-operate, that is the dynamic interaction between them.  Mindfulness is the factor that monitors the process, assuring the activating factors, tranquilizing factors, faith/confidence and investigation are in balance.  This balance is dynamic, constantly needing adjustment to accommodate fresh sensory input.  Joy and equanimity are byproducts of this balancing.   This was followed by another lively group discussion about how this works in experience.

Doubt as a hindrance

This is the last of the talks about the five hindrances in our series of dialogues reviewing the Satipatthana Sutta.  Skeptical Doubt is perplexity and a lack of confidence as a condition of the mind.  In the discussion, the role of the Five Powers was also reviewed.

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Sloth And Torpor

This continues discussion of the five hindrances, focused particularly on the sluggish, drowsy and inert mind-state called sloth and torpor.  In the discussion, we explored the balancing of energies involved in overcoming this hindrance.

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