Sunday, October 18, 2015

Dhamma Info (31)

Laziness and Right Effort

A man may be lazy in worldly affairs or in his religious life. By and large the two kinds of laziness go together. The latter kind of laziness makes a man reluctant to do good, to hear the Dhamma, to study scriptures or to meditate. We should overcome such laziness and exert unstinted and strenuous effort.

There are four kinds of right effort (Sammappadhana)....
1. the effort to prevent the arising of evil (deeds, words and thoughts) which one has, not yet committed,
2. the effort to avoid the repetition of an evil that one has committed,
3. the effort to cultivate good deeds, words and thoughts that have not yet arisen,
4. the effort to perpetuate and develop the good that one has done.

So we should avoid the evil that we see or hear of in others but that has not yet occurred to us; see that an evil that has occurred is not repeated; do the good that we have not yet done, especially Vipassana that we have not yet practised and maintain and develop the good that we have done; in particular the Samadhi and Vipassana insight that we have already gained.
Reference: Sobana, U. (Mahasi Sayadaw). A Discourse on Sallekha Sutta. 1981.

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