Discussion: The 7 Sets: Fri August 12th and 26th

The discussions on Friday 2011 August 12th and  August 26th, 7pm – 8:50pm, will be facilitated by John.  The topic of the discussion will be “The Seven Sets”, which are also known by the name “The Wings to Awakening”.

The historical Buddha ( Siddhartha Gautama ) knew that over time his teachings would become distorted. Towards the end of his life he decided to summarize his teachings by expressing his teachings as lists of personal qualities, that if striven for, would lead a person to nibbana ( nirvana, unbinding, liberation, enlightenment ). This list was expressed in 7 different forms – 7 different, but equivalent lists – “The Seven Sets”:

  1. The 4 Frames Of Reference (satipatthana )
  2. The 4 Right Exertions (sammappadhana)
  3. The 4 Bases Of Power (iddhipada )
  4. The 5 Faculities (indriya )
  5. The 5 Strenghts (bala )
  6. The 7 Factors Of Awakening (bajjhanga )
  7. The Noble 8 Fold Path (ariya-magga )

The text used for these discussions will be “The Wings to Awakening: An Anthology from the Pali Canon“, by The Venerable Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Geoffrey DeGraff). This book contains sutta (Buddhist discourses) translations organized by topic and with relevant discussion by the author of what are the essential Buddhist teachings.

This book is available, free of charge, in a variety of formats:

  • It can be read in HTML, online,  at the site called Access To Insight  or downloaded as a PDF
  • A printed copy may be obtained by writing a letter ( not an email ) to
    The Metta Forest Monastery, P.O. Box 1409, Valley Center, CA 92082, USA.

Other excellent works by The Venerable Thanissaro Bhikkhu may also be obtained in electronic form, free of charge at The Metta Forest Monastery web site.

John will be covering the following topics from The Wings To Awakening:

Part 1: Friday 2011 August 12

Part 2: Friday 2011 August 26

  • The Four Right Exertions
  • The Four Bases of Power
  • The Five Faculties
  • The Five Strengths
  • The Seven Factors for Awakening
  • The Noble Eightfold Path

Materials for the class have been prepared by John and can be downloaded here:

John also recommends these supplemental readings for those who wish to read further:


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One Response to Discussion: The 7 Sets: Fri August 12th and 26th

  1. jlwilson58 says:

    I look forward to seeing everyone on Friday. I realize there is a lot of material posted. Please do not feel obligated to print everything out, especially the supplemental materials. I included them as additional sources and for further study. Much of it can also be found in either the Digha Nikaya or Majjhima Nikaya, if you own a personal copy or can borrow copies. Everything we will discuss in detail is included as part of the .pdf study guides and tables.

    We will cover as much as we can over these two sessions and, hopefully, can arrange for future sessions where we can dive deeper into the material.

    With Metta,


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