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How to Proceed By Right Effort

Not just my own understanding, but a standard teaching is to approach things gradually, from coarse to subtle. First, we have to stop creating major sources of trouble for ourselves. How do we do ...
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Deload weeks for meditation

Tibetan lineage teachers usually say, meditation should be like spending time with a best friend. You meet joyfully, you spend time effortlessly, and you separate easily, knowing you can't lose each ...
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Why have I awoken Now?

-- "why is it that in this life time I have became obsessively bent to attain nibbana" There is a traditional Buddhist teaching that explains this Awakening through a combination of lucky causes and ...
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How much should i try while meditating?

I recalled a dharma talk by Ajahn Thanissaro Bhikku on Youtube. In it he compared mindfulness and meditation to a skill. And like anything else in life you need to practice to become good at that ...
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Over expectations and overconfidence

You are not alone on this… @Ashwin Kumar. You have good company. When you stop and think about it, that’s what a lot of people do in this world. They do something because they think it makes them ...
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What did the Buddha say about motivation?

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- ...
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Are Good Qualities Proportional to Our Efforts?

From MN 117, we read that Right Effort (samma vayamo) must go in the right direction: "One tries to abandon wrong view & to enter into right view: This is one's right effort... "One ...
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Developing Positive Qualities and Diminishing Negative Qualities

In my opinion, this boils down to the differences I previously outlined between "formless" and "form-full" paths. The formless path is about relinquishing negative qualities without explicitly ...
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Effort in Practice

In traditional Buddhism, effort is not only the way to move forward but, almost more importantly, the main source of satisfaction! This satisfaction then serves as the main source of fuel for going ...
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What could a lay follower do to increase his zeal to become a monk?

I could easily have written your query. At this time however there are a few differences which may be helpful if shared. Am in my mid 40’s. Never thought that it was actually possible. Met a ...
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What did the Buddha say about motivation?

'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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Buddhism and Losing Determination

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 -...
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What comes first: effort or motivation?

In the standard Buddhist model there are "desire" and "aversion". Sometimes there are both desire and aversion at the same time. For example, desire to get something and aversion ...
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When there is no self, who or what will exert a conscious effort to reach nirvana?

Even if there's no actor, there's still cause and effect. If I tell my child it's okay to steal bread in the bakery, he will likely go ahead and steal it. If I tell him it's bad, explain why etc. - ...
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Right effort and concentration

Right Efforts is about removing unwholesome states and cultivating wholesome states. Right Concentration deals with developing the Jhana as a means to displace certain subset of unwholesome states. ...
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Why have I awoken Now?

You've been here since forever due to craving and ignorance. Ignorance of not knowing the Four Noble Truths. There are 3 types of craving - sensual, becoming and unbecoming. Basically, you're here ...
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What are the guides for lay followers, as to how far they should go to be compassionate?

The most important things is to get Panna yourself as much as you can. You can achieve it by either reading Tripitaka or consulting monks about wholesome and unwholesome acts or both. Passionate or ...
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How important is constancy in meditation practice?

Your question is concerned about motivation and constancy, right? Answering the latter briefly: Yes, constancy is important & also the quality of it. This can be compared to every skill really. ...
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How to Proceed By Right Effort

The order is in the 3 fold training is sila samadhi panna Having said that dana proceeds sila. The 3 main merits are dana sila bavana Bavana incudes samadhi and panna. So do, dana sila samadhi ...
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How to Proceed By Right Effort

There's a non-Buddhist saying, "Put the big rocks in first". I understood that to mean "duty first", i.e. don't neglect what it might be immoral or unwise to neglect. There's a Zen story, Wash your ...
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Are Good Qualities Proportional to Our Efforts?

Any action which requires more effort or planning requires more volitional thoughts. This compounds the karmic effort. E.g. killing a mosquito is quite reactive and requires little thought relative to ...
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vāyāma vs virya?

Sometimes a look at opposite terms can help. For avāyāmaṃ we have weakly directed effort: SN11.1:3.3: without working for it or trying hard— For avīriyā we have apathetic lethargy: MN60:21.7: ...
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Are there any Buddhist scriptures about motivation & discipline?

By "discipline" I'll assume you mean "training" yourself, i.e., trying to establish a "pleasant and profitable" new habit. I hope you don't mean "punish" ...
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What comes first: effort or motivation?

First, you must have Right View (samma ditthi), so that when you have the effort, it will be the Right Effort and when you have the resolve, it will be the Right Resolve. Without Right View, you will ...
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