Posted by: Upāsaka | 09/28/2015

Willpower – Happy Uposatha

For the last couple of weeks, if not longer, I have been somewhat slack in terms of observing the Uposatha or any of my own, home-grown practice commitments. Surely, there is a fine line to be walked between forcing oneself into doing something and Right Intention and Right Effort and I feel I have been exploring the unskillful side of that equation by allowing myself too much leeway of late.

Because today is an uposatha day, I decided to listen to Ven. Thanissaro’s collection of talks on the Eightfold Path as a way of reinforcing my commitment to use to today as an opportunity to deepen my knowledge of the Dhamma. It is precisely in his talk on the Fourth Frame of Reference that he identifies willpower as Right Intention and categorically states that it is necessary for making progress along the path. As such, may I make the resolve and put forth effort to act skillfully for my long-term benefit even if it be painful in the present moment.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


Student Of The Path

Treading The Path To Freedom : Bhikkhu Jayasāra's Dhamma Blog


"How can I be anything other than what I am?" | Monk

Yoga and Meditation techniques

Yoga and meditation techniques is the art of unfolding the mystery of life divinity joy happiness and mindfulness

Alexis Chateau

Activist. Writer. Explorer.

Anti-Fascist News

Taking on Fascism and Racism from the Ground Up.

Neurodivergent Rebel

Rebelling against a culture that values assimilation over individuality.

Kannons mercy


Little Green Seedling

Thoughts on veganism, sustainability, spirituality and simple living

Deep Green Magic

Campaigning with the Earth

Between The Pillars

Delving into the Eastern (and Western) Occult

An Accidental Anarchist

Spirituality | Lifestyle | Thought | Wisdom | Parenting | Love

unbolt me

the literary asylum


living life in conscious reality

Meditating Millennial

A Millennial's Journey Into Meditation and Mindfulness

Rise Like A Lotus

From the Mud Comes Beauty

The Cloaked Hedgehog

Dogman & Cryptozoology... and the occasional rant

%d bloggers like this: