Enthusiasm

shantideva_1Diligence is zeal or enthusiasm for the path. It is finding joy in practicing what is wholesome and skillful. Diligence is the sustained capacity to ‘do the needful’, regardless of temporary moods or conditions.

Shantideva said in the Bodhicharyavatara:

Having patience, I should develop diligence,

for Awakening will dwell only in those who exert themselves.

Just as there is no movement without wind,

merit does not occur without diligence.  

Four methods of diligence

  1. Avoid unskillful acts or states that have not yet arisen.
  2. Abandon unskillful acts or states that have already arisen.
  3. Initiate skillful acts or states that have not yet arisen.
  4. Increase skillful acts and states that have already arisen.

About Tashi Nyima

I am a Dharma student, and aspire to be a companion on the path. I trust that these texts can offer a general approach and basic tools for practicing the Buddha's way to enlightenment. ||| Soy un estudiante del Dharma, y aspiro a ser un compañero en el sendero. Espero que estos textos ofrezcan a algunos un mapa general y herramientas básicas para la práctica del sendero a la iluminación que nos ofrece el Buda.
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3 Responses to Enthusiasm

  1. Martha Chapman says:

    Dear Tashi. I am having gamaglobin infusions. My energy gas been so low. I see what people mean about practicing when you are not well. Looking forward to your being back.

    Martha Chapman

    Sent from my iPad

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