English Translation 3.7.1

3.7.1  What is Right Effort1

 

“And what, O’ Bhikkhus, is Right Effort? Here, Bhikkhus, a Bhikkhu generates the will to prevent the arising of unarisen evil unwholesome mental states; he makes strong effort, stirs up his energy, applies his mind to it and strives. To eradicate those evil unwholesome mental states that have arisen in him, he generates his will, makes strong effort, stirs up his energy, applies his mind to it and strives. To develop wholesome mental states that have not yet arisen in him, he generates his will, makes strong effort, stirs up his energy, applies his mind to it and strives. To maintain wholesome mental states that have arisen in him, not to let them fade away, to multiply them and bring them to full maturity and to full development, he generates his will, makes strong effort, stirs up his energy, applies his mind to it and strives. This, O’ Bhikkhus, is called Right Effort.”

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1 - Vibhaṅgasuttaṃ cont.

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