Working With The Five Faculties Or Strengths: A Day of Practice
with Candle Summers 

Saturday, December 4th, 2021
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM


IMPORTANT NOTICE: You will receive a link to the Zoom meeting on your email receipt after you register.

Please review "The Five Spiritual Faculties" by Bhikkhu Bodhi prior to the retreat.  


The Buddha was very pragmatic. He didn’t philosophize about “the nature of reality”; he gave us simple, basic guidelines about how we can manage the challenges and difficulties of life.

The Buddha started with the basic human condition: we often suffer. Suffering can take many forms: anxiety, tension, stress, grief, fear, or dissatisfaction, to name a few. He emphasized that suffering is workable, that we can engage with our suffering in such a way as to be freed from it. He described five faculties (or strengths) that we need to develop to do so: confidence, effort, mindfulness, concentration, and discernment.

The five faculties or strengths faith or confidence, energy or persistent effort, mindfulness, concentration, and wisdom/discernment are skills that we all already have to some degree. Developing them regularly and cultivating them as part of our meditation practice can help us develop our meditation and also manage our life experience to benefit ourselves and others. This can be very freeing and liberating to the heart and mind.

We will engage for a few hours in sitting, walking, movement and discussion, divided into a morning session of 9 am – 11:30 am, a half hour lunch, and an afternoon session 12 pm – 2 pm. This will be done in the comfort of your own home, secluded as much as you can be. Please join when you can and stay as long as you can.   

This day is offered to all who are interested and we are committed to making the exploration of the practices and teachings of the Buddha relevant and accessible in today’s world. It is important to us to welcome all people of every age, ethnicity, cultural heritage and religious background, socio-economic group, ability, sexual orientation and gender identity, regardless of means. In this way, we aspire to follow in the footsteps of the Buddha, who offered his teachings of awakening and freedom freely to everyone without exception.

Location: Live-Stream

Suggested Donation: $50 (No one turned away for insufficient funds)

Lunch: In Your Kitchen

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