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Seven aids to enlightenment
seven aids to enlightenment
七覚支・七菩提分 (Jpn shichi-kakushi or shichi-bodaibun )
Seven practices conducive to enlightenment.
and impartiality (also referred to as indifference).
Memory here means to recollect one's own past deeds and states, and keep them in mind.
Discrimination means to discern the true from the false.
Exertion means to be ever diligent in the practice of true teachings, and joy to delight in the practice of true teachings.
Lightness and ease means that one's body and mind are at peace and free from burden.
Meditation means to keep the mind concentrated and unperturbed, and impartiality to abandon feelings of attachment and keep the mind detached and calm.
The "seven aids to enlightenment" constitutes the sixth of the seven categories within the thirty-seven aids to the way, or the thirty-seven practices leading to enlightenment.
The Sanskrit for "aid to enlightenment" is bodhyanga.
- 1. Memory
- 2. Discrimination
- 3. Exertion
- 4. Joy,
- 5. Lightness and ease
- 6. Meditation
- 7. Impartiality (also referred to as indifference)