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    May 16, 2017 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

    Eightfold Path: Noble Right Effort



    When asked, “What is right effort?” the Buddha responded:

    “A person searching for milk tries to get milk out of a cow by twisting its horn. Another person searching for milk tries to get milk out of the cow by pulling at its udder.”


    The first person is an example of wrong effort in meditation. The second person is an example of right effort. No matter how skillfully one pulls on the horn of a cow, no milk will be found.


    To free the heart from the roots of suffering, meditation requires skillful effort. The Buddha’s teaching on Right Effort, the 6th step in the Noble Eightfold Path, lays the foundation of how to recognize effort that is skillful and effort that is not.


    Right Effort includes four distinct components working in harmony:

    • to guard against the arising of unskillful states;
    • to abandon unskillful states that have already arisen;
    • to develop skillful states that have not yet arisen;
    • to maintain and perfect skillful states already arisen.

    These four aspects of effort can be called guarding, abandoning, developing, and maintaining. All four play a necessary role in developing the conditions that free us from suffering. When the heart is freed from the chains of greed, hatred and delusion, we discover a reliable happiness and wellbeing.

    A word about the word, “Right.”
    The word right is a translation of the Pali word, Samma. The root of this word comes from an ancient Indian musical term meaning to be “in tune,” or in harmony. So, when a step on the path is right, it is in harmony with the other steps on the path as well as the goal of the path, which is freedom from suffering through the development of wisdom and compassion.


    Course Content

    • What is the Eightfold Noble Path?
    • How do I practice this in my daily life?
    • How do I make a difference in the world?
    • The inner nuances of each step on the path.
    • Various views and interpretations of the step. 
    • Practice, light reading and discussion.

    Eightfold Path and Mindfulness
    Mindfulness is the seventh step in the Eightfold Path which is: 1. Right View, 2. Right Intention, 3. Right Speech, 4. Right Effort, 5. Right Action, 6. Right Livelihood, 7. Right Mindfulness and 8. Right Concentration. When one learns how to be Mindful, it will be useful to also learn other skills such as Right View (how to see things clearly) Right Intention (how to refine one’s intentions), Right Speech (how to speak wisely) and so on.  This series of courses lay the foundation for understanding the Eightfold Path and how to utilize it towards one’s well-being and success.  Each six session course will adopt and explore one of the Eightfold Path steps.

    Daniel Davis – Currently Daniel works with UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center and is a Buddhist Chaplain at USC. He is Affiliated with Abhayagiri Monastery and under the guidance of Luang Por Passano. He is also the Co-founder and a teacher at Perfectly Here, a nonprofit mindfulness training organization. In addition, Daniel was also an active member of InsightLA where he helped build the organization by teaching and serving on its Executive Council. He has formally practiced Theravada and Zen meditation since 1986.

    Class Structure
    This class will meet weekly for 1 hour and 50 minutes per session for six sessions.

    Location and Parking Instructions
    This class will take place in Tarzana at: 19100 Ventura Blvd #5, Los Angeles, CA 91356. Parking is free and there no time limits in the front after 6:00pm. There are also plenty of free parking in the lot behind Tarzana Cultural Center. When you arrive at the shopping center go to the second floor and go all the way to the East side of the building. Go into the hallway and we will be the last door on the right.

    Refund, Make-up and Cancellation Policy
    Class Refunds must be requested before 5pm on Friday of the first week of class. There will be a $25 administrative fee. After the first Friday we cannot give refunds. Refunds should be requested by emailing: register@perfectlyhere.org.

    Perfectly Here reserves the right to cancel classes due to low enrollment. Registrants will be notified in advance of the class.No refunds or credits are given to registrant “no-shows”.


    If you miss a class, you may make it up during a current series or the series immediately following. No refund or prorate will be issued for missed classes. Students may Postpone a class. In this case, credit towards a future class will be provided if a registrant notifies us by phone or email in advance of 5pm on Friday of the first week of the class series. Future class must be made up on the class immediately following the missed class series. (For example: if postponing a May/June class series you will have to use your credit and enroll in the July/August class series)

    What to Bring
    All you need is comfortable clothing. Chairs and cushions are provided.

    Class Capacity
    We allow no more than 30 students per class.

    We offer special pricing for seniors (+65) and students. We are also offering a special package deal. When you buy the remaining 7 classes for the Eightfold Path series, you will be given 2 retreats for free. Take advantage of this special offer before it expires.

    Time and Date
    This class takes place on:

    • Tuesday, July 18 to Aug 22, from 12:00pm to 2:00 pm 


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