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The Conscious Evolution of Man: Right Effort

by Sangharakshita

Discussing the evolution of consciousness, this lecture explains that at the stage of reflexive consciousness, deliberate effort is required for any further progress. Right Effort is fourfold: preventing and eradicating the unskilful, and cultivating and maintaining the skilful.

Talk given in 1968.

This talk is part of the series The Buddha’s Noble Eightfold Path.

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1. Summary of the Path so far (6:51) 
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2. The context of Perfect Effort (4:24) 
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3. The importance of effort (4:22) 
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4. The Four Right Efforts (9:41) 
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5. i. Preventing (4:29) 
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6. ii. Eradicating - the Five Hindrances (10:20) 
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7. Antidotes to the Five Hindrances (6:57) 
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8. iii. Developing (3:31) 
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9. Similes for the Four Dhyanas of Form (5:47) 
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10. The Formless Dhyanas (6:07) 
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11. iv. Maintaining (1:28) 
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12. Perfect Effort in an evolutionary context (5:15) 
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13. Lower to Higher Evolution explained (with enclosed diagram) (4:48) 
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14. Perfect Effort and Higher Evolution (4:22) 


Total running time: 1:18:22

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