Five Powers; 2 Definition(s)
Five Powers means something in Buddhism, Pali. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.
General definition (in Buddhism)
- Faith (śraddhā),
- Energy (vīrya),
- Mindfulness (smṛti),
- Concentration (samādhi),
- Wisdom (prajñā).
The Dharma-samgraha (Dharmasangraha) is an extensive glossary of Buddhist technical terms in Sanskrit (eg., ‘five powers’). The work is attributed to Nagarguna who lived around the 2nd century A.D.Source: Wisdom Library: Dharma-samgraha
The Five Powers in Buddhism are faith, effort, mindfulness, concentration, and wisdom. They are one of the seven sets of "qualities conducive to enlightenment." They are parallel facets of the five spiritual faculties.
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/Discernment (panna, prajna) – controls ignorance
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Maha Prajnaparamita Sastra (by Gelongma Karma Migme Chödrön)
Mahāyāna auxiliaries (E): The five powers < [Part 3 - The auxiliaries according to the Mahāyāna]
Appendix 1 - Destruction of the forests of Daṇḍaka, Kāliṅga, Mejjha and Mātaṅga < [Chapter XXIV - The Virtue of Patience]
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Abhidhamma in Daily Life (by Ashin Janakabhivamsa) (by Ashin Janakabhivamsa)
Domain 11 - Conclusion < [Chapter 6 - Ten domains of meritorious actions (ten punna kiriyavatthu)]
Vinaya Pitaka (1): The Analysis of Monks’ Rules (Bhikkhu-vibhanga) (by I. B. Horner)
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The Great Chronicle of Buddhas (by Ven. Mingun Sayadaw)
Part 26 - Thirty-seven Factors of the Perpetuation of the Teaching < [Chapter 40 - The Buddha Declared the Seven Factors of Non-Decline for Rulers]
Part 47 - The Buddha’s Last Words < [Chapter 40 - The Buddha Declared the Seven Factors of Non-Decline for Rulers]
A History of Indian Philosophy Volume 3 (by Surendranath Dasgupta)
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