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Right effort(sammā-vāyāma) in terms of mindfulness is not a forceful , grit your teeth kind of effort. It's a moment by moment, continuous, good cyclical habit kind of effort. Cetanā is Pali for 1- intention 2- volition 3- directionality of mind 4- attraction 5- urge Intention(cetanā) can be defined as a mental factor that moves or urges the mind in a ...


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the only motivation possible is the internal readiness to cultivate the mind and the virtue, understanding that this is what's the Noble Eightfold Path is about the motivation to follow the path proposed by the Buddha comes from the very understanding of the 4 Noble Truths at least at the intellectual level so if one does have desire to end suffering they'...


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If you don't have a pull factor (natural inclination), then you need a push factor. These are the two factors of motivation. Suppose your doctor tells you that you have early stage of lung cancer. He tells you not to worry because it can be easily treated due to early detection, but you must give up smoking for good. So, what do you do? Give up smoking of ...


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You don't have to be a vegetarian if you follow Theravada Buddhism. The Buddha himself left it up to the individual preference. Only certain later Buddhist schools started demanding the followers to become vegetarian. But you have to stop drinking as it leads to heedlessness and breaking of the other 4 precepts. Smoking does not break the precepts, but it'...


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In the Ayacana Sutta (SN 6.1), the Buddha explained that for the masses who are strongly clinging to sensual pleasures and other things like name, fame, wealth, health, relationships etc., it is hard to understand the full depth and breadth of the Dhamma. Then, while he was alone and in seclusion, this line of thinking arose in his awareness: "This ...


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But if we need to prevent a non-Buddhist person from telling lies or going against fourth precept, how can we do. How can we motivate him/her not to lie? I think the whole point in Buddhism is, that you can't change someone else. You can only change yourself. This is dukkha, people are doing bad things even though you're trying to stop them. Keep that in ...


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Simply ask him whether he likes to be deceived and cheated if some one else did it to him. If someone cannot be trusted would you act on what he says. How comfortable would he be to have to put up or deal with a person who is trying to deceived him. Lies cannot always be kept under wrap and if it surfaces what might happen. This would be a better way to a ...


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'Chanda' as an 'iddhipada', translated as 'zeal', 'desire', 'will', 'love'. I prefer 'devotion'. Some suttas: SN 51.15 and SN 51.20.


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Sit on the cushion. You’ve posted scores of variants on this question and still seem to be under the impression that there’s an answer out there somewhere that’s going to get things to click for you - that somehow someone will say something that will miraculously make you committed and motivated to practice. That answer simply doesn’t exist. No amount of ...


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Welcome Bruno. In the original Buddhist scriptures, it is reported the Buddha gave many teachings about livelihood, including Right Livelihood in the Noble Eightfold Path. The Buddha encouraged lay or secular people to study & be proficient in earning a living. One meaning of the Indian word 'dharma' is 'duty'. From a Buddhist perspective, education is ...


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🤔There is work and there is play and both can be clung to. Personally I cannot motivate myself if there is no play so what I do is try to turn all my play into productive work. I make music and I try to incorporate that into the Dhamma like I try to incorporate the need for food, clothing, shelter and medical care into spiritual practice.


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From the article "Two Exercises for Turning Intention into Motivation" by Thupten Jinpa on Buddhist site tricycle.org, we see some useful tips on how to motivate yourself to do a task that you set yourself to do. He states that "parents who have struggled with their child taking up a new instrument will recognize how everything changed the moment the child ...


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This emotion doesn't always occur, but it occurs enough for me to be held back in my practice. What should I do? If Samsara is a very very long marathon, then just remember that if the race requires trillions steps to reach the finish line, any effort you make to put 1 step forward would mean that you're 1 step closer toward the finish line. But if you don'...


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For those who practice, illusions disappear. One becomes...disillusioned. sn12.23: Truly knowing and seeing is a vital condition for disillusionment. Without illusion, craving and aversion fade away, leading to dispassion. sn12.23: Disillusionment is a vital condition for dispassion. And with dispassion, there is freedom for right actions, etc. ...


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Heedfulness motivates you. The Pali word is ‘APPAMADA’. Supreme Buddha Himself has said that all of what he has taught, if all that can be put into ONE word, it is ‘APPAMADA’. Putting into practice what you know of Dhamma right now, motivates tou. You will not postpone any acts or decisions for a ‘tomorrow’. Life is in the today – life is here and now. For ...


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Average laymen need only observe the 5 precepts so can pursue any artistic endeavours or watch any of them. When observing Uposatha one can take the 8 or 10 precepts where one devote the day to dhamma practice setting aside other household activities. In this case, one puts aside entertainment also. Entertainment produces unwholesome states: Tāla,puta ...


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Are productive, beneficial behaviours such as spiritual practice, intellectual pursuits, or artistic endeavours benefitted by entertainment as music, films or games? Or do such forms of entertainment detract from other more meaningful goals? In a general sense (going outside the scope of buddhism), without an overarching scientific, philosophic or religious ...


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You are already dead might be a useful talk (or read the written transcript here). I knew of someone who was participating in a series of seminars on death and dying. And for one of the seminars the teacher took him aside beforehand and said: Okay, I want you to tell everybody when we go into the room that we are already dead, and act as if you are already ...


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Similarly, if we do virtuous acts and reflect on those acts regularly, the perception of a 'virtuous person' increases as well, doesn't it? This too, then, is Bhava Tanha? Dana is the perfect case to illustrate that merit depends on ''good deeds'' and the intention behind them, as usually claimed by the buddha. Never forget that deeds (thought, speeches,...


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Dhamma could lead to the end of suffering, which is something most people would be interested in right? For people who grasp to Self, Dhamma and emptiness is a step down, it's just a bad trade. For people who discover Dhamma, who accept emptiness but still remember the ideal of Self, it's a small step up, it's a good trade. For those who follow Dhamma, ...


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I don't particularly want to stop eating meat, let alone stop drinking and/or smoking. A reason (perhaps a good reason) to stop doing these things is that (or is if) they're a cause of suffering. If you ever decide that They cause suffering You are able to stop, and happier without You want to avoid causes of suffering ... then you may decide to stop. ...


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The five precepts are training rules, not strong prohibitions. When you undertake them, you can increase your compliance over time. For e.g. from drinking alcohol habitually, you can reduce it to the occasional social drink, and then reduce further. But before undertaking the five precepts, you may want to learn the basics of Buddhist teachings first - ...


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You don't need to stop eating meat. Drinking and smoking are not compatible with the path of the Buddha. The more you follow the path of the Buddha, the less you will do these things. So you can step on the path if you smoke and drink - everyone has to start somewhere - but you are not a follower of the path if you do those things. Notice how these ...


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When it comes to motivation or the lack thereof, Theravadin Buddhist psychology is based upon the concept of sankhara, which equivalent to the philosophical concept of schema. That is to say, motivation is determined by past experience in a way that makes sense. Hence the solution to a specific lack of motivation is to find a new motive that makes sense to ...


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The reason for procrastination can be you really don't know for sure what YOU want to do. You should have a clear vision of your future. You should know exactly what you want to do in your life. You should know what type of life you want to live. You should know your goals in every detail. You should know how you'll achieve what you want. You should have a ...


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You get a lot of support and nobody has an inherent duty to give that suppot. All is given by others. It's a matter gratidute at least to care about you duties timely. To say "oh it's not of great value" is fine, but than one should also stop to receive for that paticula task. And it's for sure not so, that at times one does not work on "low" duties, one is ...


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Kusita-Arambhavatthu Sutta explains the grounds for the laziness and the arousal of Energy [AN 8:95]. As this Sutta says, there are 8 grounds for the laziness of a bhikkhu (monk). A bhikkhu has to do some work: ‘I have some work to do. While I’m working, my body will become tired. Let me lie down.’ He lies down. A bhikkhu has done some work: ‘I’ve done ...


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