How to create a sane world: a Buddhist View (part 6)

September 14, 2020   |   9 Comments

Audio-only version is here.
Meditation practice begins at 11:41

Hello wonderful Open Heart Project.

Today, I want to share with you a few thoughts about the 6th step on Buddhism’s noble eight-fold path, Right Effort. No one has to be a Buddhist to take advantage of these very down-to-earth and rich insights. Please have a listen and let me hear your thoughts. It is always great to hear from you. Sangha is everything right now!

If you want to catch up with the previous steps (though it is not necessary), you may do so here:

Part 1: Right View

Part 2: Right Intention

Part 3: Right Speech

Part 4: Right Action

Part 5: Right Livelihood

Love, Susan

PS As mentioned in the video, here is more information on the Open Heart Project Sangha.


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  • Posted by:  Ruth

    Thank you so much for your uplifting videos!

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      You are so welcome, Ruth! <3 S

  • Posted by:  Gabriela Palladino

    Thanks Susan, you are a great support and your meditations always bring a message to remind us that we must go back and start over. Thank you!

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      So happy we are practicing this together. With love, S

  • Posted by:  Cindi

    Dearest Susan,
    You just filled my tank with your beautiful discussion about Right Effort. For several years I have listened to your wisdom teachings and been incredibly grateful for them. Now, more than ever, your words provide a framework for how to truly practice what is most important in our world today. Thank you for your clarity, insight, and incredible compassion.
    I value your generosity in sharing the teachings more than you will ever know.

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      Cindi, this means so much to me, you will never know. Many thanks for these kind and encouraging words. With love, S

  • Posted by:  Sue May

    You are right, Susan, this is a timely teaching. The phrase that comes to mind is, “Nevertheless, she persisted.” As the crazy spins ever wildly out of control, the tragedies pile on, sometimes affecting those we hold dear, but always affecting real people, natural and man made disasters seem to crowd the news, the very idea of a sane world seems so far-fetched. The encouragement not to stop trying, not to give up, not to hold back takes me back to the smallest of steps in daily life. Would I like to be marching with protesters? Of course, but I am in a vulnerable group for the virus and avoid crowds. Would I like to be boots on the ground supporting the amazing folks who respond to disasters, going above and beyond? Yes, but I am not there. I can, however, practice in a way that sends prayers. I can offer kindness in my small world, I can sit and allow practice to steady me. I tried tonglen but even with bookended shamatha, it was overwhelming – maybe another time. Sangha is indeed vital, and I am grateful.

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      Yes, “nevertheless she persisted” is the perfect motto for right now…and right now…and so on. I’m so glad you tried tonglen and the decided, “not now.” That is a sign that you really, really tried. Thank you. I support you 110% in following your intuition and have 0% doubt that you are doing everything you can in this very, very difficult and complex moment in time. I’m right there with you and your sangha has got your back.

      The small steps mean EVERYTHING. Doing “small things with great love” (as Mother Teresa said) can change the world. Love, S

  • Posted by:  Kevin J Waters

    Hello Susan ! Inspiring Talk ………. We shouldn’t Run our selves Ragged ….. In reality that would be counter to “Right Living” …….. I’ve been taught that this Step along the 8th. fold “Path” may be summed-up, As Self-Respect…. &, Respect for the Wise ! These Factors can bring a Higher sense of conscience, &, with that comes a Higher sense of Responsibility ! When I review my actions, I Try to avoid doing so from a “Place of Self-Judgement, Or Guilt…… Your Quote from Tara, Say’s so much ! Community To me “Provides me With a Whole Some / Precious Environment , in which to Contemplate My Actions, be cause I still have some Attachments, Biases in my Self, A Human Condition !! Peace Be With You …….

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