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Five Faculties of a Meditator

A meditator must have the five faculties strong, powerful, sharpened and balanced.

They are:

  • Saddhindriya - firm and strong faith based on right understanding.
  • Viriyindriya - strong and strenuous effort in the practice.
  • Satindriya - sustained and uninterrupted mindfulness.
  • Samadhindriya - deep concentration.
  • Pannindriya - penetrative wisdom, insight.

These faculties must be balanced to attain insight. Faith or confidence must be balanced with wisdom, energy with concentration. Mindfulness need not be balanced with any other factor. It is the most important faculty that leads the other four to their goal.

Typical Retreat Timetable

4:00 am Wake Up
4:50 am 5:00 am Metta Chanting
5:00 am 5:30 am Walking Meditation
5:30 am 6:30 am Sitting Meditation
6:30 am 7:30 am Breakfast
7:30 am 8:00 am Walking Meditation
8:00 am 9:00 am Sitting Meditation
9:00 am 10:00 am Walking Meditation
10:00 am 11:00 am Sitting Meditation
11:00 am 12:00 pm Lunch
12:00 pm 1:00 pm Rest Mindfully
1:00 pm 2:00 pm Walking Meditation
2:00 pm 3:00 pm Sitting Meditation
3:00 pm 4:00 pm Dhamma Talk
4:00 pm 5:00 pm Interview Time
5:00 pm 6:00 pm Fruit Juice
6:00 pm 7:00 pm Walking Meditation
7:00 pm 8:00 pm Sitting Meditation
8:00 pm 9:00 pm Walking Meditation
9:00 pm 10:00 pm Sitting Meditation
10:00 pm Personal Practice / Sleep
Shower Time Depend on your convenience during walking meditation time