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Wisdom As a Spiritual Faculty In Relation to Mindfulness

by Vajradevi (2019)

After a brief recap on yesterday, Vajradevi goes on to explore wisdom, the 'balancing factor' to faith in the 'mandala' of the five spiritual faculties. Reminding us that the word 'indriya' is the Pali word used for both spiritual faculties and sense faculties, she asks how we can use the latter to support the growth of the former.

'Clear-seeing' is way of describing wisdom that can be practised through mindfulness. Vajradevi emphasises the importance of 'right view' (ie a dharmic perspective) in meditation practice and then unpacks the meaning of 'dhammas' (the 4th main area of the Satipatthana Sutta) in relation to 'right view'. Reminding us of the three levels of wisdom, she goes on to describe how we can work in a non-judgemental way 'letting awareness do its work' in 'getting the 'wisdom muscle' working.

Vajradevi next examines 'clear knowing' ('samprajana'), an aspect of right mindfulness which encompasses a 'spectrum of knowing or understanding'. She teases out the subtle distinction between sati and samprajana, drawing out the way in which they support wisdom as the neck of an elephant supports its head. Samprajana is also explored as 'continuity of purpose'.

This talk is part of the series Pathways to the Beautiful Mind: Bristol Rains Retreat 2019.

Total running time: 1:4:58