EFFORT, HEEDFULNESS & THE YOGI
by SAYADAW U PANDITA
Size: 5.5” x 8.3”
Pages: 50 pages
WHAT ARE THE QUALITIES a yogi or meditation needs? How should he or she make effort in his meditation? In these Dhamma discourses, Myanmar Meditation Master Sayadaw U Pandita emphasizes the need to make ardent effort in the practice. A yogi cannot afford to slide back. His effort must be constant, must be stepped up, and must be maintained so that he can attain the goal of mental purification, wisdom, enlightenment, and liberation. Sayadaw gives many similes to drive home his point. Again and again Sayadaw explains why effort is so important and how this effort can be applied. He gives us advice on how to note and stay with our meditation object. He also explains the important Pali word, appamada, which has the meaning of heedfulness / mindfulness / diligence / conscientious, unlocking, continuous, unbroken, persevering, ardent, steadfast effort / non-negligence. It is quite certain that meditators will be inspired to strive harder after reading this booklet.
Sayadaw has been known to be a very tough, exacting and demanding teacher who expects the best from his pupils. He wants them to be heroic yogis who will never give up and who will do or die for the Dhamma. And often, under Sayadaw’s tutelage, meditators have been spurred to give their best effort and make progress in their journey to reach Nibbàna, the end of all suffering.
Sayadaw U Pandita is the Ovadacariya (Chief Preceptor) and Abbot of Panditarama Meditation Centre in Yangon, Myanmar. He also heads the Panditarama Hse Main Gon Forest Meditation Centre and other branch monasteries in Myanmar. A world renowned meditation master, Sayadaw is the author of In This Very Life; The Liberation Teachings of the Buddha, a book based on talks given by Sayadaw in a three-month retreat at the Insight Meditation Society in Massachusetts, USA, in 1984.