How important is motivation in the "path" ?

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How important is motivation in the "path" ?

Postby purple planet » Mon May 26, 2014 4:07 pm

How important is the part of motivation in the whole process of walking in the "path" in your opinion ?
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Re: How important is motivation in the "path" ?

Postby TheNoBSBuddhist » Mon May 26, 2014 4:20 pm

Surely, without some form of Motivation, you would not be walking the path at all....?

What is the point of going for a walk if you have no destination - even if it is back home, in time for supper....?
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Re: How important is motivation in the "path" ?

Postby Peter » Mon May 26, 2014 4:37 pm

Without samma vayama (right effort, the 6th step on the path) walking is not possible.
If you gain it, it is great.
Motivation might be the little brother/sister of effort which will lead you to samma vayama, the big motivation.
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Re: How important is motivation in the "path" ?

Postby purple planet » Mon May 26, 2014 4:39 pm

And to add : how you cultivate that motivation ? or how you manage without motivation ?
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Re: How important is motivation in the "path" ?

Postby TheNoBSBuddhist » Mon May 26, 2014 4:42 pm

purple planet wrote:And to add : how you cultivate that motivation ?

Through study and practice. learning and understanding are motivation.

or how you manage without motivation ?

This question is not logical.
At least, to me, it is not....


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Re: How important is motivation in the "path" ?

Postby santa100 » Mon May 26, 2014 4:57 pm

purple planet wrote:And to add : how you cultivate that motivation ? or how you manage without motivation ?

By developing samvega(sense of urgency) as described in SN 3.25 and AN 5.57
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Re: How important is motivation in the "path" ?

Postby culaavuso » Mon May 26, 2014 6:46 pm

purple planet wrote:how you cultivate that motivation ?


It can be helpful to be aware of stress and the potential for stress to repeatedly arise. This can result in the motivation to search for a solution and to implement that solution once found.

AN 6.63: Nibbedhika Sutta wrote:Stress should be known. The cause by which stress comes into play should be known. The diversity in stress should be known. The result of stress should be known.
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And what is the result of stress? There are some cases in which a person overcome with pain, his mind exhausted, grieves, mourns, laments, beats his breast, & becomes bewildered. Or one overcome with pain, his mind exhausted, comes to search outside, 'Who knows a way or two to stop this pain?' I tell you, monks, that stress results either in bewilderment or in search. This is called the result of stress.
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Re: How important is motivation in the "path" ?

Postby Bhikkhu Pesala » Mon May 26, 2014 7:45 pm

Motivation is essential — at least to get started. I find that the works of Venerable Ledi Sayādaw are helpful.

A Manual of Profound Verses (Also known as Saṃvega Gāthā).

Once concentration is well-established, and insight begins to arise, that will provide the driving force to continue. It is like starting a fire by rubbing two sticks together — it takes a lot of effort to get it going, but when it's well alight, all it needs is to add a bit more fuel now and then, and protect it from rain-water.
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