'effort.' The 4 right efforts (samma-padhāna),
forming the 6th stage of the 8-fold Path (i.e. sammā-vāyāma, s. magga)
are: (1) the effort to avoid (samvara-padhāna), (2) to overcome (pahāna-padhāna),
(3) to develop (bhāvanā-padhāna), (4) to maintain (anurakkhana-padhāna),
i.e. (1) the effort to avoid disadvantageous (akusala) states, such as
evil thoughts, etc. (2) to overcome disadvantageous states, (3) to develop advantageous
(kusala) states, such as the 7 elements of enlightenment (bojjhanga, q.v.),
(4) to maintain the advantageous states.
"The monk rouses his will to avoid the arising of evil,
disadvantageous things not yet arisen ... to overcome them ... to develop advantageous
things not yet arisen ... to maintain them, and not to let them disappear, but
to bring them to growth, to maturity and to the full perfection of development.
And he makes effort, stirs up his energy, exerts his mind and strives" (A.
(1) "What now, o monks, is the effort to avoid?
Perceiving a form, or a sound, or an odour, or a taste, or a bodily or mental
contact, the monk neither adheres to the whole nor to its parts. And he
strives to ward off that through which evil and disadvantageous things might arise,
such as greed and sorrow, if he remained with unguarded senses; and he watches
over his senses, restrains his senses. This is called the effort to avoid.
(2) "What now is the effort to overcome? The monk does
not retain any thought of sensual lust, or any other evil, disadvantageous states
that may have arisen; he abandons them, dispels them, destroys them, causes them
to disappear. This is called the effort to overcome.
(3) "What now is the effort to develop? The monk
develops the factors of enlightenment, bent on solitude, on detachment, on
extinction, and ending in deliverance, namely: mindfulness (sati),
investigation of the law (dhamma-vicaya), energy (viriya), rapture
(pīti), tranquillity (passaddhi), concentraton (samādhi),
equanimity (upekkhā). This is called the effort to develop.
(4) "What now is the effort to maintain? The monk keeps
firmly in his mind a favourable object of concentration, such as the mental
image of a skeleton, a corpse infested by worms, a corpse blueblack in colour, a
festering corpse, a corpse riddled with holes, a corpse swollen up. This is
called the effort to maintain" (A. IV, 14).