7 Treasures of the Heart

These, monks, are the seven treasures.
The treasure of conviction,
the treasure of virtue,
the treasure of conscience, and concern,
the treasure of listening, generosity,
and discernment as the seventh treasure.
Whoever, man or woman, has these treasures
is said not to be poor, has not lived in vain.
So conviction and virtue, confidence and Dhamma-vision
should be cultivated by the wise,
remembering the Buddha’s instruction.

Dhana Sutta: Treasure translated from Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu © 1997

Excerpt from “Seven Treasures of the Heart” by Going Outwords and Inwords

Recently, I finished watching a talk by Brother Phap Hai, which he gave at Deer Park Monastery on June 21st, 2018. I watch a fair amount of Dharma talks online and I found this one in particular to be very powerful. If you’d like to check it out, click here. Side note: if you’re like me and it’s helpful to watch talks in segments, there are good stopping/pausing points in this talk at 17.40 and 31.05 (the total run time is 54.55).

From Brother Phap Hai’s talk:

“The fundamental insight of Buddhism is that if we look deeply into our lives, into our situation, with appropriate attention, then the path reveals itself naturally.”

Seven Treasures of the Heart as offered by the Buddha in the Dhana Sutta

1. Confidence

2. Mindfulness trainings

3. Self-reflection

4. Concern

5. Listening


7. Discernment


He went on to talk about how he sees that lack of confidence is greatly impacting people’s ability to practice. This is what inspired me to resurface one of my favorite quotes, posted in the pic above:

Much of spiritual life is self-acceptance, maybe all of it. – Jack Kornfield

With self-acceptance comes confidence and ease; an unwavering ability to reside comfortably in our own skin. When we have developed a penetrating level of self-acceptance, we are able to let go of self-doubt, the complex of comparing ourselves to others, and the hellscape that is born from being absorbed in self-consciousness (by which I am referring to the tendency of altering how we show up based on how we think others are judging us).

Food for continued thought…

About Still Water Sangha of MN

We are a community, formed with enthusiasm and joy, practicing Mindfulness and Meditation together in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. We meet on Monday nights from 7-8:30pm in a private home in Stillwater, Minnesota.
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