The Four Supreme Efforts - abandoning harmful states, cultivating positive
- The Four Supreme Efforts, Part I
"The Buddha gave very exact instructions how to counteract any
unskillful mind states and produce skillful ones. They can briefly be
expressed as `avoiding,` `overcoming,` `developing,` and
`maintaining,` and are called the four supreme efforts, which have
been briefly mentioned before. They are part of the 37 factors of
enlightenment, so must be part of our practice. When perfected they
are part of the enlightenment process. . .
"The four supreme efforts are called `supreme,` not only because they
are supremely difficult, but also supremely beneficial. A serious
meditator wants to transcend the human realm while still in human
form and these efforts are our challenge. They are so well explained
by the Buddha that we can clearly see the difficulties we are faced
with and the reasons why we are still roaming about in `Samsara.` But
we don't have to continue that unendingly. Knowing the path and the
way to tread upon it. We have the opportunity to become free of all
fetters. . . "
~ Ayya Khema, "(To Be Seen) Here and Now" section entitled "Supreme
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May this be of benefit.