15 February 2022
22 February 2022
1 March 2022
8 March 2022
They are seven mental capacities much valued as part of Buddhist practice, because when developed and cultivated they counteract the hindrances of the mind that keep us in delusion, and they incline the mind toward nibbana, toward freedom.
Whilst the title “Factors of Awakening” may sound lofty – perhaps disconnected from our ordinary life – they are actually forms of mental qualities used regularly in the midst of everyday activities.
These factors are mindfulness, investigation, energy, joy or rapture, tranquillity, concentration, and equanimity.
As the seven factors of awakening are such a useful part of Buddhist practice, it is helpful to become familiar with them in order to recognize when they are not present, when they are present, and how to bring forth them and support their growth. The aim of the course is to show you how to develop these skills in your life.
This 4-week course is suitable for both newcomers and experienced practitioners. There will also be a short mindfulness meditation practice in each session.
Theresa Baw has been a Buddhist practitioner of insight meditation since 2001. She has benefited from the teachings in the Theravada traditions including: Mahasi Sayadaw; the Thai Forest tradition; and is currently practicing Tranquil Wisdom Insight Meditation. She has led regular group meditation sessions for the Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre. She is on the working group of Mettarama, which is establishing an urban bhikkhuni (nuns) monastery in Western Sydney. Theresa works as a barrister and also teaches meditation to others in her chambers.
All Sessions are by Donation (Dana) to the Buddhist Library. All donations to the Buddhist Library of $2 and over are tax deductible.
Dana is the traditional practice of generosity, the extending of one’s goodwill, which is fundamental to Buddhism and other spiritual traditions. The dana you give helps to maintain the Library and allows it to offer more teachings on the Dharma so that others may benefit in the future. It is up to each person to determine the amount of dana they’d like to offer. We understand that this is a difficult time financially for many, and people will give what they can. An appropriate dana can’t be prescribed but requires sensitivity to its intent and to the individual’s own situation, as well as awareness of the cost of organising events and supporting teachers who spread the Dharma.