Questions tagged [right-effort]

Element of the eightfold path relating to meditation. Covers both the over application and under application of effort within practice.

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How to Proceed By Right Effort

I understand and have understood what in Buddhism is linked to right effort, which involves aspiring to what is skillful and abandoning what is unskillful. Yet, I wonder: How do practitioners ...
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What contentment and modesty, what persistence and grasping, toward what, craving, craving holding on what leads to liberation?

What contentment and modesty, what persistence and grasping, toward what, craving, craving holding on what leads to liberation? Doing, acting, content toward what is skilful, toward what unskilful in ...
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Gratitude, Movement and Compassion

I noticed all the emotions mentioned in the title have a certain similarity. Does Buddhism talk about movement or gratitude? Similarly, movement seems to occur spontaneously, but gratitude and ...
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Choice-less awareness vs directed

I read that after careful mental noting of experience in mindfulness .One reaches a state of effortless effort and choiceless awareness .So I want clear out if awareness can direct itself without ...
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First Effort in “Right Effort”

The first effort states to prevent the arising of unarisen unwholesome states How is this done? How can we prevent something beforehand? By avoiding situations? By trying to be in a rational and/or '...
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How important is constancy in meditation practice?

I'm going through a period of meditating every day which is not how I usually practice. Before I would meditate 5-6 times a week then deliberately not do more as I would seem to 'run dry' and lose my ...
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Developing Positive Qualities and Diminishing Negative Qualities

I wondered recently whether the ideas of developing positive qualities and abandoning negative qualities are different. To me, it seems developing positive qualities requires an active effort, a type ...
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Effort in Practice

I noticed recently that for some odd reason, none of my resolutions and efforts have come to fruition. My attempts to diminish junk food, social media, and other such negative behaviours have remained ...
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Why have I awoken Now?

I am riddled by this question lately and it necessary for my progress on path of Dhamma. My question is, why is it that in this life time I have became obsessively bent to attain nibbana while ...
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Vitakkasanthana Sutta

"in the same way, if evil, unskillful thoughts — imbued with desire, aversion or delusion — still arise in the monk while he is scrutinizing the drawbacks of those thoughts, he should pay no mind and ...
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Observing hindrances & seeing impermanence vs right effort

I'm not sure whether it has been poorly taught by a monk but as far as I know the Buddha never really taught to just merely watch the hindrances, right? The sixth factor of the N8P is right effort and ...
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What could a lay follower do to increase his zeal to become a monk?

I wasn't lucky enough to be born in a Buddhist society and I only discovered Buddhism late in life mainly because of my innate dissatisfaction with life as a whole. Actually, I was born into a ...
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Pattern of Strong Aversion

I noticed that when I engage in a task I am very able until I reach my limit, namely the point where I had enough, where effort and suffering kicks in. I noticed: When I reach that point I lose ...
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Tackling Addictions Directly VS Meditation

I gathered some ideas from different previous replies, but I thought I'd synthesize these ideas into a question. Is it (1) more sensible to cut down on addictive behaviours in order to liberate one's ...
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Right effort and concentration

I was reading about the noble eightfold path and Right effort, thought and concentration, they seem to be very similar. What are the differences?
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What did the Buddha say about motivation?

What did the Buddha say about wholesome types of motivation? Is there a difference in the Pali language between "intention" (as in Right Intention) and "motivation"? From what I understand Right ...
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What does “ease” mean in the phrase “dharma gate of ease and joy”?

What is the "ease" of the "dharma gate of ease and joy"? Can an unelightened person achieve it outside seated meditation? Ought I imagine everything is difficult, or everything is easy? How can we be ...
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What are the guides for lay followers, as to how far they should go to be compassionate?

How far should lay followers go, to help others? There is no denying that we all have innate desire to ease suffering of others, but when it’s done without right understanding it may lead to a higher ...
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Over expectations and overconfidence

I have caught myself many times saying to others that I will do this and that. I also tend to confirm that I can and will do things, when I'm asked about it, even when I am not sure. Often people end ...
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How much should i try while meditating?

I have just started meditating and was wondering how much effort should I put into not getting distracted ? As I have noticed while practicing there are varying degrees of trying I can use the more I ...
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What can be done when one is having difficulties establishing a regular practice?

I just can't manage to maintain a regular practice, not even a short one. From a buddhist point of view, what can be done? I went on retreats, I sat a few days in a row at home doing meditation, I ...
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Difficulty in realizing and actualizing precepts

Since my journey began, i have looked to understanding myself and the world that surrounds me. I endeavor to look at my interactions with as many views as possible as well as make attempts to make ...
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Teachings that Inspire Practice

Where, on the internet, are motivational ebooks, blog entries or whatever that have concise motivating advice, excerpts, quotes and koans that might motivate one to practice?
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Karma, right effort, letting go, heroic sacrifices: what's the right thing to do?

Isn't there a story where the Buddha accosts a monk who's bleeding from performing walking meditation for too long, and tells him practice must be like a Veena's string - not too tight, not too loose? ...
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Keep motivation to stick on one meditation practice :Ven. Mahasi Saydaw

Practice : Ven .Mahasi Sayadaw I have been practicing meditation " in daily life " for a week . I felt more relaxed and also noticed having a thought of "intention" before most of my actions of ...
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Is there a conflict between dependent origination and right effort?

My current understanding of dependent origination is that things cause other things to arise and cease and ultimately it a big interconnected web of influences. If that's reasonably correct (on a ...
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Trouble understanding the path factor of Right Effort

The path factor Right Effort in the noble eight-fold path contains 4 steps which are; Prevent the unwholesome that has not yet arisen in oneself. Let go of the unwholesome that has arisen in oneself. ...
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Is the only way to deal with the effects of your bad karma endurance?

Do you just have to endure these bad effects no matter how long they may last? I feel like I'm dealing with some bad karma.
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Is it always beneficial to meditate?

If one has a regular meditation practice and has no particular mental health issues or physical health issues - is it always beneficial to meditate? Or are there circumstances or points in time where ...
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Can you meditate too much as part of a daily routine?

Just to follow up from this question - is it possible for an individual to meditate too much? Is there a point when it becomes counterproductive and if so what would the signs be that someone should ...
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How to handle rude language? [duplicate]

How to speak or act with a pure thought when people tell joke and use rude language towards you, trying to upset you according to Buddhist teachings?And how to change the unwholesome thought to ...
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Constant mindfulness hard to achieve

I find very hard to be always mindful of all activities (four frames of reference). At the beginning of practice, my persistence are aroused and gradually it becomes indifference/lax. Basically I am ...
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What is the antidote for conceit (mana)?

It is said that in exerting four right efforts, one should try to replace unwholesome thought with wholesome thought. Example, one should think of loving-kindness when ill-will thought arises. So ...
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What's the relationship between effort and zazen?

I'm currently reading Zen Mind Beginners Mind which I am enjoying. However when I read Zen books I'm always confused about the role of effort in zazen practice. Reading the book it makes it seem like ...