“Persistence” as covered in “The Wings of Awakening.”

The next discussion will be Friday evening 2012 June 08 7:00 PM – 8:45 PM

From Jim:

Andrew will begin by leading a short review of chanting and Pali.

John will then start and complete the topic Persistence in Wings of Awakening.

This subject is equated with Right Effort (Number 6 in the Noble Eightfold Path) or proper exertion.

The most important point in developing right exertion is to realize that the effort to abandon unskillful qualities and to develop skillful qualities must be skillful itself. Unskillful efforts at eradicating unskillful states, even if well intended can often exacerbate problems instead of solving them.

Treating hatred with hatred, for instance, is less effective than treating it with the kind of understanding developed in the second stage of frames-of-reference meditation (also known as the Four Foundations of Mindfulness) which sees into causes and effects, and learns how to manipulate causes properly so as to get the desired effects.

The group will explore relevant passages in Wings of Awakening (Part II – Right Effort) and MN (Majjhima Nikaya or Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha) Number 2 “Sabbasava Sutta: All the Fermentations,” along with a dhamma talk by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

The Wings to Awakening: An Anthology from the Pali Canon by Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Geoffrey DeGraff ).
To request a printed copy of this book, please write to: Metta Forest Monastery, P.O. Box 1409, Valley Center, CA 92082, USA. Otherwise it is freely available in PDF, HTML and other electronic formats.

A free copy of Sabbasava Sutta can be obtained online here.  However, the discussion will be using Bhikkhu Bodhi’s translation which can be found in his translation of The Middle Length Discourses or his anthology “In the Buddha’s Words”.  Please see the page at the “about” link above for more information on these books.

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