Buddhism, Intro to Noble Eightfold Path 6: 'Right Effort' - Ajahn Dhammasiha
Next installment in our 8-part series on the Noble Eightfold Path, #6 'Right Effort' ('Sammāvāyāmo').
There are 4 factors for right effort:
1. To prevent unwholesome phenomena like anger, greed, conceit, doubt, jealousy from arising
2. To abandon unwholesome phenomena that already have arisen
3. To arouse wholesome phenomena like faith, mindfulness, diligence, compassion, kindness, gratitude, calm, patience, wisdom, insight, knowledge and so on...
4. To fully develop wholesome phenomena that already have arisen, to maintain them and lead them to perfection
- The antidote to abandon anger is loving kindness
- The medicine to heal cruelty is compassion
- The means to counter sensual desire is contemplation of the unattractive nature of the human body; contemplation of impermanence; and contemplation of death
- The way to overcome doubt is study and insight into Dhamma; association with those of great knowledge and right view; and development of samādhi.
Most important, however, is that we're actually DOING it!