The Seven Factors of Awakening

Discover the treasures within


Many Buddhist teachings and practices focus on difficult states of mind such as anger, craving, or jealousy. Yet it's also extremely important to acknowledge and cultivate positive mental qualities. The seven factors of awakening are mindfulness, investigation, energy, joy, tranquility, unification, and equanimity. It is the development and enjoyment of these deeply wholesome qualities that gives our hearts the strength to let go.

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Sample: The Felt Sense of Mindfulness

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Join Bodhi College teachers Christina Feldman and Jaya Rudgard for an online course exploring the seven factors of awakening. We will learn how to deepen our meditation practice through cultivating these powerful qualities:

  • Mindfulness
  • Investigation
  • Energy
  • Joy
  • Tranquility
  • Unification (also known as concentration)
  • Equanimity.

Each of these wholesome qualities becomes the foundation for the next. This is a path that culminates in wisdom and peace, but it is also a path that takes place in the midst of our lives. This is an eight-part program of expert instruction, formal meditation, and investigations designed to bring understanding, freedom, and ease into your meditation practice and daily life.

The Seven Factors of Awakening begins on September 13th, 2021. 

Key benefits

  • Cultivate and deepen positive mind states
  • Progress on the path to awakening
  • See how the Buddha's teachings unfold
  • Counteract difficult mind states
  • Find the fruits of practice within, regardless of conditions.
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Deeply experienced teachers

Christina Feldman and Jaya Rudgard are faculty members of Bodhi College, and have decades of meditation, study, and teaching experience to share with you.

Find direction on your path

Starting with mindfulness, these seven factors of awakening unfold sequentially towards unshakeable freedom of the heart.

Cultivate the positives

Nurture wholesome states of mind and heart that boost wellbeing, happiness, and empower you to live more fully.

8 units of practical wisdom

After an overview of this central teaching, we'll dive into each awakening factor in depth. Each unit contains guidance for developing your meditation practice, and wisdom for everyday life.

Video talks and guided meditations

Enjoy a structured program of talks and guided meditations as you journey on this path to awakening.

8 contemplations

Deep reflection and inquiry can open the way for life-changing insights to arise.

Christina Feldman

Christina Feldman

CHRISTINA FELDMAN is a co-founder of Gaia House and a guiding teacher emeritus at Insight Meditation Society, in Barre, Massachusetts. The author of a number of books, she has been teaching insight meditation retreats internationally since 1976. She is one of the teaching faculty of the CDPP programme, dedicated to the study and application of the early teachings of the Buddha. She also teaches on the Buddhist psychological foundations of mindfulness to those training to teach mindfulness-based applications in England, Belgium and the Netherlands. 

Christina's recent books include Boundless Heart: The Buddha's Path of Kindness, Compassion, Joy, and Equanimity and Mindfulness: Ancient Wisdom Meets Modern Psychology, with William Kuyken.

Jaya Rudgard

JAYA RUDGARD began meditating in 1984, and from 1996 to 2005 was ordained as a nun in the Thai forest tradition in England at Amaravati Buddhist Monastery. She subsequently trained as an Insight Meditation teacher at Spirit Rock in California and Insight Meditation Society in Massachusetts. She teaches meditation retreats and courses in the UK and internationally. Jaya has extensive experience teaching Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), and Mindful Self-Compassion and teaches retreats for Mindfulness teachers and teachers in training. She also enjoys practising and teaching qigong.

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Testimonials for Universal Empathy

Featuring Christina Feldman

"Great course and brilliant teachings!"

"A great introduction to what I now realise is a fundamental part of Buddhism, the 'active ingredient' in mindfulness that changes the way you relate to the world around you. Has already made a difference to my life."

"Excellent course. Well structured, easy navigation."

"This is the best coverage—in a readily accessible format—of this topic that I have seen. It is a great introduction for beginners but it also has some insights for the advanced practitioner.