In Venerable Canda’s first evening session, this talk entitled “From suffering to confidence”, the theme of “saddhā” or “confidence” is explored as one of the five spiritual faculties (indriya) or powers (bala). How can we trust and place confidence in the Buddha’s teaching on the causes of suffering and the causes of happiness in life? Reflecting on the the qualities of the Buddha, Dhamma & Sangha that these aspects embody as tangible evidence. Venerable also encourages reflecting on our own inner qualities as the five powers: Faith/Conviction (saddhā bala) – expels doubt
Energy/Effort/Persistence (viriya bala) – weakens laziness
Mindfulness (sati bala) – counteracts heedlessness
Concentration (samādhi bala) – lessens distraction
Wisdom/Discernment (paññā bala) – reduces ignorance
Finally, Venerable looks at ‘passadha’ as that serene quality of knowing you have found your path in life which is the path to the end of suffering laid down by the Buddha.
This teaching is part of a special 8-day online retreat called “Why We Suffer & How We Get Free,” given by Ajahn Brahmali and Ven Canda in support of Anukampa Bhikkhuni Project. The teachings explore two of the Buddha’s famous causal sequences, Dependent Origination and Dependent Liberation, which together reveal the entire course of human experience, through this world and beyond to Nibbana.
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Ajahn Brahm is the Spiritual Adviser of Anukampa Bhikkhuni Project: https://anukampaproject.org/ and https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNIW229Hx4MOF_ahakA67EA/featured
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