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Wisdom Talks 9 – The 4 Right Efforts


In this episode of Wisdom Talks John Barter expands on the Buddha’s numerical teachings with “The 4 Right Efforts”. The quintessential behavioural and spiritual practice that is simple and practical.

In This Episode:

  • The practice of “The 4 Right Efforts” (Padhana)
  1. Effort to Avoid
  2. Effort to Abandon
  3. Effort to Develop
  4. Effort to Maintain
  • The Four Right Efforts encourage the:
    > Relinquishment of that which is unwholesome, unhealthy and unskilful in regards to thoughts, speech, actions and associations with people and situations motivated by or leading to The Three Ills – Greed, Anger or Ignorance.
    > Nurturing of that which is wholesome, healthy and skilful in regards to thoughts, speech, actions and associations with people and situations motivated by the opposite of The Three Ills – Generosity, Kindness and Wisdom.
  • The Four Right Efforts are associated with the Eightfold Path’s factor of “right effort” (sammā-vāyāma)
  • Effort = Intention + Energy
  • The worth of the teaching is in applying it and seeing how beneficial it is. The more we are maintaining them and keeping them going the more it becomes our natural way of being.
  • The GAI Virus – Greed, Anger and Ignorance
  • The Anti Virus – Generosity, Kindness and Wisdom
  • The use of mindfulness and wisdom when practicing The 4 Right Efforts
  • The importance of children learning to be more mindful and wise

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