Right Effort | Sitting Buddha Hermitage


Right Effort is the effort to think, speak and act skilfully. It is traditionally described as the effort to prevent and overcome negative states of mind and to cultivate and maintain positive states of mind. So it is primarily concerned with mental, rather than physical effort.

So what does this mean in practice? When we are doing seated meditation it is pretty obvious that right effort is the effort required to keep our mind in the present moment, letting go of thought as it arises and paying attention to our inner landscape in a completely non-judgemental way.

As we go about our daily lives, however, we generally need to adopt a broader awareness. Sometimes it will be appropriate to bring a very focussed concentration to a task, but much of the time I think our awareness is more free-flowing. How then to apply right effort?

I’ve thought about this a lot recently and we discussed it at our Wednesday Sangha Evening. Last Saturday I attended the Regional Sangha Day in Leeds and joined a discussion on How can we be more present? which really ties in with right effort, and decided to continue this topic the following day on the day retreat here at the Hermitage. So with thanks to all who contributed their thoughts, the way that I am currently thinking of right effort is:

Right Effort is the effort to be present to oneself.

By which I mean that we have sufficient awareness of ourselves to be able to sense and respond to that inner prompting that nudges us to lend a hand, offer a kind word, stop what we were about to do, alter our course and all those other fine adjustments we make if we go through our day with an open mind and heart and an attitude of listening, both within and without.

The opposite to this would be the person who is determined to stick to their plan, to do things their own way, who is tuned out to any input from whatever source. This may take a lot of effort but it is certainly not right effort.

Stream 43 – No Cows, No Problems by Secular Buddhism


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In this brief episode, I wish to speak about a story that is frequently shared about a farmer who lost his cows. To me, this is a story about accessory to our ownerships. It’s a story about the suffering that develops out of our accessory to our ownerships. Since we ALL HAVE COWS, What’s pertinent. I wish to speak about the story, and speak about what the ethical of the story is.

Genre can we gain from this story when we use it to our lives?
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Right Livelihood|Sitting Buddha Hermitage


Right livelihood is among 3 actions of the Buddha’s Noble Eightfold Path that are generally thought about to be interested in morality, the other 2 being right speech and right action.

Right– or expert– livelihood asks how do we make our living? Does our task cause damage to anybody, consisting of ourself? Is it helpful to others? Does it need us to break the Precepts? Is it assisting us in our spiritual practice or is it so difficult, for instance, that we discover it difficult or hard to act mindfully and compassionately?

I believe the concern of right livelihood is rather made complex in today’s worldwide society where you might be working for a big organisation with some doubtful service practices even if your own function does not need you to act in any method that would break your conscience. And there are lots of people in this world who have no option however to do a task that damages their health which of others.

Rather than taking a look at the nature of the task maybe we would do much better to take a look at our own inspiration. If our inspiration is unskilful, if we are ruthlessly enthusiastic or greedy, then any task we do is most likely to be performed in such a method regarding trigger damage, in which case it will not be right livelihood. On the other hand, if our inspiration is to bring as much knowledge and empathy as we can to anything we do, then we might have the ability to change even the most unpromising workplace into a way of assisting beings.

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There are many nice podcasts on Buddhism as a faith and much more on Buddhism as a philosophy. This podcast is about Buddhism as a lifestyle, which suggests there is no such thing as a Buddhist jargon or dogma. It isn’t primarily based within the metaphysical world, however has its ft planted firmly on this planet. It is straightforward to know and sensible. I exploit the Buddha’s early teachings as the inspiration for the podcast, and clarify them in a approach that’s related to your life right this moment. The Podcast is aimed toward individuals who can’t learn, who’re visually impaired or English isn’t their first language.