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The Fruits Of Right Effort (samma-vayam)

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  • Jeffrey Brooks
    The Fruits Of Right Effort (samma-vayam) Devadaha Sutta, MN 101 23 And how is exertion fruitful. bhikkhus. how is striving fruitful? Here, bhikkhus, a
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      The Fruits Of Right Effort (samma-vayam)

      Devadaha Sutta, MN 101

      23
      "And how is exertion fruitful. bhikkhus. how is
      striving fruitful? Here, bhikkhus, a bhikkhu is not
      overwhelmed by suffering and does not (inflict
      suffering upon himself); and he does not give up the
      pleasure that accords with Dhamma (jhana), yet he is
      not infatuated with pleasure. He knows thus: 'When I
      strive with determination, this particular source of
      suffering fades away in me because of that determined
      striving; and when I look on with equanimity, this
      particular source of suffering fades away in me while
      I develop equanimity.' He strives with determination
      in regards to that particular source of suffering
      which fades away in him because of that determined
      striving; and he develops equanimity in regard to that
      particular source of suffering which fades away in him
      while he is developing equanimity. When he strives
      with determination such and such a source of suffering
      fades away in him because of that determined striving;
      thus that suffering is exhausted in him. When hew
      looks on with equanimity, such and such a source of
      suffering fades away in whim while he develops
      equanimity; thus that suffering is exhausted in him."

      30-37
      "Again bhikkhus, here a Tathagata appears in the
      world, accomplished, fully enlightened...(as Sutta
      51,12-19)...he purifies his mind from doubt."

      38-41
      "Having thus abandoned these five hindrances,
      imperfections of the mind that weaken wisdom, quite
      secluded from sense pleasures, secluded from
      unwholesome states, he enters upon and abides in the
      first absorption (jhana)...(through 4th jhana)."

      42
      "When (one's) concentrated mind is thus purified,
      bright, unblemished, rid of imperfections, malleable,
      wieldy, steady, and attained to imperturbability,
      (one) directs it to knowledge of the recollection of
      past lives. (One) recollects (one's) manifold past
      lives, this is, one birth, two births...(as Sutta 51,
      24)...Thus with their aspects and particulars (one)
      recollects his manifold past lives. Thus too,
      bhikkhus, this exertion is fruitful, this striving is
      fruitful."

      43
      "When (one's) concentrated mind is thus purified,
      bright, unblemished, rid of imperfections, malleable,
      wieldy, steady, and attained to imperturbability,
      (one) directs it to knowledge of the passing away and
      reappearance of beings...(as Sutta 51,25)...Thus the
      divine eye, which is purified and surpasses the human,
      he sees beings passing away and reappearing, inferior
      and superior, fair and ugly, fortunate and
      unfortunate, and he understands how beings pass on
      according to their actions. Thus too, bhikkhus,
      (this) exertion is fruitful, this striving is
      fruitful.

      44
      "When (one's) concentrated mind is thus purified,
      bright, unblemished, rid of imperfections, malleable,
      wieldy, steady, and attained to imperturbability,
      (one) directs it to knowledge of the destruction of
      the taints. One understands as it actually is
      (vipassana): 'This is suffering';...'This is the
      origin of suffering';...'This is the cessation of
      suffering';...'This is the way leading to the
      cessation of suffering';...'These are the
      taints';...'This is the origin of the taints';...'This
      is the cessation of the taints';...'This is the way
      leading to the cessation of taints."

      45
      "When one knows and sees thus, one's mind is liberated
      from the taints of sensual desire, from the taints of
      being, and from the taint of ignorance. When it is
      liberated there comes the knowledge: 'It is
      liberated,' One understands: 'Birth is destroyed, the
      holy life has been lived, what had to be done has been
      done, there is no more coming to any state of being.'
      Thus too, bhikkhus, this exertion is fruitful, this
      striving is fruitful.
      (Majjhima Nikaya trans. Bhikkhus Nanamoli & Bodhi,
      Wisdom, 1995)

      Kindest regards,

      Jef Brooks

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