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Re: The Four Supreme Efforts Part II

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  • philofillet
    Thanks for this, Sharon. I think I m making good progress about avoiding or at least letting go unskillful thoughts, but I want to think more about encouraging
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      Thanks for this, Sharon.
      I think I'm making good progress about avoiding or at least letting
      go unskillful thoughts, but I want to think more about encouraging
      and maintain the good ones. Got an 8 hour teaching day starting right
      now during which to practice it!
      Bye
      Phil
      --- In Buddhaviharas@yahoogroups.com, "Sharon" <shar_63@h...> wrote:
      > "The four supreme efforts are, in the first place, the avoiding of
      > unwholesome, unskillful thought processes. If we look at them as
      > unskillful, we can accept the fact of learning a new skill more
      > easily. Avoiding means we do not let certain thoughts arise,
      neither
      > reactions to moods, nor to outside triggers. If we find ourselves
      > habitually reacting in the same way to the same kind of situation,
      we
      > may be forced to avoid such situations, so that we can finally gain
      > the insight which needs to be culled from it. While we are reacting
      > to a situation or mood, we can't assess it dispassionately, because
      > our reactions overpowers the mind. . .
      >
      > ~ Ayya Khema, "(To Be Seen) Here and Now" section entitled "Supreme
      > Efforts"
      >
      > This transcript can be found in its entirety at:
      > http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/modern/khema/herenow.html
      >
      >
      > May this be of benefit.
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