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Vāyāma, Sammā Vāyāma

Self-control, Reign, Effort, Right Effort, The 4 Right Efforts

References:

The Eighth Lesson
The 10th Lesson: Samma Vayama
WP, The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha, #9: Right View, Bhikkhu Nanamoli and Bhikkhu Bodhi, trans, pp134 The Method: High Reign


Pali MO Hare Horner Punnaji Bodhi Nanamoli Rhys Davids (Mrs)Rhys Davids Thanissaro Walshe Woodward
vāyāma Self Control, Effort at Self-control effort exertion Practice effort effort effort effort (energy) effort Effort Effort

 

Pali Text Society
Pali English Dictionary
Edited by T. W. Rhys Davids and William Stede
[EDITED ENTRY]

 

Vāyāma: [fr. vi+ā+yam] striving, effort, exertion, endeavour S II.168; IV.197; V.440; A I.174 (chando+), 219; II.93; III.307; IV.320; V.93 sq.;...On vāyāma as a constituent of the "Path" (sammā-) see Magga 2.a. -- vāyāma-karoti to exert oneself...

 


 

The Four High Efforts:

To make an effort and exert one's energy to...
Restrain Low conditions that are present in the Here and Now
Refrain from Low conditions that are not yet Present in the here and now
Retain High conditions that are present in the Here and Now, and
Obtain High conditions that are not yet present in the Here and Now

— Olds trans

The Harmonious Practice

Prevention (sanvara) of unwholesome thoughts (anger, hatred, etc.) coming into the mind
Elimination (pahāna) of unwholesome thoughts that arise in the mind
Cultivation (bhāvanā) of the Four Divine Dwellings, and
Maintenance (anurakkhana) of the Four Divine Dwellings, throughout the day, by thinking thoughts within the Four Divine Dwellings

— Ven Punnaji, trans.

 


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