Here’s an 60-min recorded video Dhamma Talk (323MB .mp4).

Topics:

  • Calgary, crocuses, five faculties, six faculties, one faculty, two faculties, not-self, meditation, mindfulness, object of meditation, Pali Canon, sesory data, identity, differences between left and right hemispheres of the brain, temperments, teachers, advice, teaching, trust, faith, stream-entry, arahantship


Sutta References:

  • SN 48.25 - The Six Faculties - Plain Version

    “Mendicants, there are these six faculties. What six? The faculties of the eye, ear, nose, tongue, body, and mind. These are the six faculties.”

  • SN 48.26 - The Six Faculties - A Stream-Enterer

    “Mendicants, there are these six faculties. What six? The faculties of the eye, ear, nose, tongue, body, and mind. A noble disciple comes to truly understand these six faculties’ origin, ending, gratification, drawback, and escape. Such a noble disciple is called a stream-enterer, not liable to be reborn in the underworld, bound for awakening.”

  • SN 48.45 - At the Eastern Monastery (1st)

    So I have heard. At one time the Buddha was staying near Sāvatthī in the Eastern Monastery, the stilt longhouse of Migāra’s mother. There the Buddha addressed the mendicants: “Mendicants, how many faculties must a mendicant develop and cultivate so that they can declare enlightenment: ‘I understand: “Rebirth is ended, the spiritual journey has been completed, what had to be done has been done, there is no return to any state of existence”’?”

    “Our teachings are rooted in the Buddha. …”

    “A mendicant must develop and cultivate one faculty so that they can declare enlightenment. What one? The faculty of wisdom. When a noble disciple has wisdom, the faith, energy, mindfulness, and immersion that follow along with that become stabilized. This is the one faculty that a mendicant must develop and cultivate so that they can declare enlightenment: ‘I understand: “Rebirth is ended, the spiritual journey has been completed, what had to be done has been done, there is no return to any state of existence”’.”

  • SN 48.46 - At the Eastern Monastery (2nd)

    At the Eastern Monastery (2nd)

    The same setting.

    “Mendicants, how many faculties must a mendicant develop and cultivate so that they can declare enlightenment: ‘I understand: “Rebirth is ended, the spiritual journey has been completed, what had to be done has been done, there is no return to any state of existence”’?”

    “Our teachings are rooted in the Buddha. …”

    “A mendicant must develop and cultivate two faculties so that they can declare enlightenment. What two? Noble wisdom and noble freedom. For their noble wisdom is the faculty of wisdom. And their noble freedom is the faculty of immersion.

    These are the two faculties that a mendicant must develop and cultivate so that they can declare enlightenment: ‘I understand: “Rebirth is ended, the spiritual journey has been completed, what had to be done has been done, there is no return to any state of existence”’.”

Other References:

  • Iain McGilchrist “The Master and His Emissary”, and how he explains the difference between the left and right hemispheres of the brain
  • Richard Dawkins “The Selfish Gene”, and how he articulates the Buddhist concept of not-self superbly.

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