Joyous effort and pliancy

Group of 11 virtuous mental factors

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Part of a series of teachings given through the Dharma Friendship Foundation in Seattle from January 1995 to April 1996.

  • Review of non-bewilderment and the need to cultivate wisdom that cuts the root of suffering
  • Joyous effort is a mental factor that gives us the enthusiasm to progress on the path
  • Laziness as the main obstacle to developing this mental factor
  • Three types of laziness; antidotes to overcome them
  • Five attributes of joyous effort
  • Mental pliancy refers to serviceability/flexibility of mind
  • Allows us to direct and focus our mind on a virtual object clearly, at our will
  • Achieved through training in meditative stabilization
  • Pliancy is an important part of concentration that helps to develop the wisdom that cuts the root of samsara

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