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Joyous effort and pliancy

Group of 11 virtuous mental factors

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

Mind and mental factors 12: Joyous effort and pliancy (download)

Tenzin Kiyosaki

Tenzin Kacho, born Barbara Emi Kiyosaki, was born on June 11, 1948. She grew up in Hawaii with her parents, Ralph and Marjorie and her 3 siblings, Robert, Jon and Beth. Her brother Robert is the author of Rich Dad Poor Dad. During the Vietnam era, while Robert took the path of war, Emi, as she is known in her family, started her path of peace. She attended the University of Hawaii, and then began raising her daughter Erika. Emi wanted to deepen her studies and practice Tibetan Buddhism, so she became a Buddhist nun when Erika was sixteen. She was ordained by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 1985. She is now known by her ordination name, Bhikshuni Tenzin Kacho. For six years, Tenzin was the Buddhist Chaplain at the US Air Force Academy and has an MA in Indo-Tibetan Buddhism and Tibetan Language from Naropa University. She is a visiting teacher at Thubten Shedrup Ling in Colorado Springs and Thubeten Dhargye Ling in Long Beach, and a hospice chaplain at Torrance Memorial Medical Center Home Health and Hospice. She occasionally resides at Geden Choling Nunnery in Northern India. (Source: Facebook)

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