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Sunday, February 04, 2007

Bala in Buddhism

In Buddhism, Bala is the Five Powers, or Spiritual Faculties
In Buddhism are: Faith, Effort, Mindfulness, Concentration, and Wisdom.

Faith and Wisdom balance each other, as do Energy and Concentration. The Five Faculties are ‘controlling' faculties because they control or master their opposites. The faculties and powers are two aspects of the same thing.

Faith (saddha) - controls doubt
Energy/Effort/Persistence (viriya) – controls laziness
Mindfulness (sati); - controls heedlessness
Concentration (samadhi) - controls distraction
Wisdom (panna)/Discernment – controls ignorance