Skillful Effort: not too much, too little, but just right

Today Mike B offered a presentation centered around a dharma talk by Shaila Catherine, a teacher mainly known for her work in concentration. But the talk today was much more wide ranging, covering the many different aspects of Wise Effort. She made clear that a wide spectrum of effort can be appropriate in meditation, from light to intense – always with the alert not to ‘over-effort’. Further, she traced how the four kinds of effort that the Buddha himself outlined in his articulation of the eight-fold path offer a nuanced range of well focused approaches, differing according to the circumstances of the moment. The discussion that followed encompassed a wide variety of our sangha’s experience with finding the appropriate degree of effort to bring to our meditations.

Published by Payton Swick

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