Tuesday, January 12, 2010

The Noble Eightfold Path

Following the analogy of the Four Noble Truths being like a good physician, the Noble Eightfold Path is what Buddha prescribed as medicine to end suffering in life. 

The Noble Eightfold Path:
1. Right Understanding
2. Right Thought
3. Right Speech
4. Right Action
5. Right Livelihood
6. Right Effort
7. Right Mindfulness
8. Right Concentration (Meditation)

In short, these mean 1) The understanding of the Four Noble Truths and the impermanence of all things 2) Wholesome thoughts that are not harmful to others or oneself 3) Proper and wholesome speech that does not allow slanderous, profane, or otherwise abusive language 4) Actions that benefit, not harm others (see the Five Moral Precepts for guidance) 5) Livelihood earned in an honest profession that does not bring suffering to others 6) To be helpful and beneficial in one's thoughts, actions, and words 7) Using mindfulness to remain fully aware of phenomena occurring in the mind and 8) To use meditation to cultivate concentration, help clear the mind of all corruption, suffering, and desire, and ultimately gain enlightenment. For a more detailed basic description, check out the Wikipedia page.

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