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17880Even Balancing of Five Faculties

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  • medit8ionsociety
    Sep 8, 2011
      By Nanamoli Thera
      Pathways of Buddhist Thought, London 1971, p. 18,19

      The Buddha, in his teaching of the Truths, stresses
      the even balancing of five faculties. They are those
      of faith, energy, mindfulness, concentration and
      understanding. While mindfulness can never be overdone,
      the others, if one-sidedly overdeveloped or repressed,
      may distort the character and outlook, and spiritual
      health that resides in their even balancing. Faith
      alone is blind credulity and gambles against disappointment. Over-exerted energy agitates and distracts. Too much
      concentration tends to sleep and quietism, while
      understanding unsupported by the others degenerates
      into craftiness and cunning. When all are being
      properly managed, faith functions as confidence in
      the ability of others to resist opposition and to
      reach their fulfillment in liberation from suffering.
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