“Persistence” as covered in “The Wings of Awakening.”( Conclusion )

The next discussion will be on Saturday 4 – 5:40 PM 2012 June 23. It will conclude this earlier discussion.

From Jim:

Andrew will begin by leading a short review of chanting and Pali.
John will then complete the topic Persistence in Wings to Awakening.  This was started on FRI JUNE 8.
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 to Awakening (Part II – Right Effort) and MN (Majjhima Nikaya (MN) or Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha) Number 2 “Sabbasava Sutta: All the Fermentations,” along with a dhamma talk by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.
Both the Wings of Wakening and MN can be read and downloaded from http://www.accesstoinsight.org , although the translation for MN 2 that we will be using is Bhikkhu Bodhi’s.

Please see this link for the specific sutta, MN 2 — http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/mn/mn.002.than.html

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