Right Effort: Week 7

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The Fourth of The Four Great Efforts: Maintaining/Sustaining, Developing & Maturing the Wholesome Qualities of the Mind/Heart “Herein the disciple rouses his will to maintain the wholesome things that have already arisen, and not to allow them to disappear, but to bring them to growth, to maturity, and to the full perfection of development; and he makes effort, stirs up …

Right Mindfulness: Anatomical Parts

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Formal Practice Suggestions Awareness of anatomical parts – guided meditation from our class on 5/21. It is about 36 minutes long. Body scan – this is an older recording. It is about 25 minutes long. Awareness of anatomical parts – guided meditation from our class on 5/28. It is about 35 minutes long. My talk from 5/28. It is about …

Right Mindfulness: Elements

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Right Mindfulness: Elements The elements according to Bhikkhu Analayo: 1. The earth element represents the principle of hardness/softness, resistance, and stiffness. 2. The water element represents the principle of fluidity, wetness, and cohesion. 3. The fire element represents the domain of temperature, manifesting as different degrees of warmth. 4. The wind/air element represents the principle of motion, vibration, and oscillation. …

Right Mindfulness: Arising & Passing Away

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Right Mindfulness: Contemplation of Arising & Passing Away and Working with Change Satipatthana Sutta Refrain translated by Bhikkhu Analayo: “In this way, in regard to the body he abides contemplating the body internally, or he abides contemplating the body externally, or he abides contemplating the body both internally and externally. Or, he abides contemplating the nature of arising in the …

Contemplation of Death

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Right Mindfulness: Contemplation of Death “Mindfulness of death, when developed and cultivated, is of great fruit and benefit, culminating in the deathless, having the deathless as its consummation.” – the Buddha (AN 8.7) “Death is our eternal companion. It is always to our left, an arm’s length behind us. Death is the only wise adviser that a warrior has. Whenever …

Right Effort: Week 1

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Right Effort: Week 1 Getting familiar with energy and how it changes moment to moment. Viriya or energy is the mental factor behind right effort. Viriya = energy, strength, courage, heroism, vigor, vitality, enthusiasm, endeavor, persistence and perseverance “Energy is a constant fact of life. If you don’t apply it, it gets applied – there’s no neutral place. Be responsible. …

Right Effort: Week 2

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Right Effort: Week 2 Getting familiar with the energy of the mind and the body, as well as their relationship. Viriya or energy is the mental factor behind right effort. Viriya = energy, strength, courage, heroism, vigor, vitality, enthusiasm, endeavor, persistence and perseverance Formal Practice Suggestions – Keep up with your formal daily practice. Sit every day this week for …

Right Effort: Week 3

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The First of The Four Great Efforts: Preventing “So right effort is really no effort: it is very easy; just don’t expect anything from the practice.” – Sayadaw U Tejaniya  Definitions from our books: 1. Bhante Henepola Gunaratana: Preventing negative states of mind 2. Bhikkhu Bodhi: Preventing the arising of unarisen unwholesome states 3. Joseph Goldstien: Prevent of arising of latent defilements …

Right Effort: Week 4

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The Second of The Four Great Efforts: Abandoning/Letting Go and Restraining Definitions from our books: 1. Bhante Henepola Gunaratana: Overcoming the hindrances and the fetters 2. Bhikkhu Bodhi: Abandoning the arisen unwholesome states 3. Joseph Goldstien: Abandoning the unwholesome state that have arisen Talk from 1/29 class:   Formal Practice Suggestions 1. We all experience and hold wrong attitudes at …

Right Effort: Week 5

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Right Effort: Working with Distracting/Unskillful/Unwholesome Thoughts “Right effort is not about using energy to focus on an object. Right effort is reminding yourself to be aware.” – Sayadaw U Tejaniya Recordings from our group on 2/5/23: 1. Guided meditation   2. Talk   Formal Practice Suggestions 1. Notice your attitude when thinking arises. Do you see thinking as an interruption …