Monday, April 02, 2007

The Noble Eight-Fold Path


1. Right View

  1. Recognizing the impermanence of things, ideas,and even our own mortality.
  2. Understanding the law of Karma, that actions have consequences both good and bad.

2. Right Intention

  1. The intention of renunciation: resistance to the pull of desire.
  2. The intention of good will: resistance to feelings of anger and aversion
  3. The intention of harmlessness, meaning not to think or act cruelly, violently, or aggressively, and to develop


3. Right Speech />To tell the truth, to speak friendly, warm, and gently and to talk only when

  1. Abstain from false speech, especially not to tell
    deliberate lies and not to speak deceitfully.
  2. Abstain from slanderous speech and not to use words maliciously against

  3. Abstain from harsh words that offend or hurt others.
  4. Abstain from idle chatter that lacks purpose
    or depth.
4. Right Action

  1. To abstain from harming
    sentient beings, especially to abstain from taking life (including suicide) and doing harm intentionally or delinquently.
  2. Abstain from taking what is not given.
  3. Abstain from sexual misconduct.
5. Right Livelihood

  1. Not dealing in weapons.
  2. Not dealing in living beings, such as slave trade,prostitution or raising animals for slaughter.
  3. Not working in meat production or butchery.
  4. Not selling poisons or drugs.

(Mental Attitudes)

6. Right Effort

  1. To prevent the arising of unarisen unwholesome states.
  2. To abandon unwholesome states that have already
  3. To arouse wholesome states that have not yet arisen.
  4. To maintain and perfect wholesome states already
7. Right Mindfulness

To remain aware without conceptualizing the experience of our senses. This is the beginning of meditation

  1. contemplation
    of the body.
  2. contemplation of feeling (repulsive, attractive, or neutral).
  3. contemplation of the state of mind.
  4. contemplation of the phenomena.

8. Right Concentration

Concentration in this context is described as one-pointedness of mind,
meaning a state where all mental faculties are unified and directed
onto one particular object. Right concentration for the purpose of the
eightfold path means wholesome concentration, i.e. concentration
on wholesome thoughts and actions.

This is the development of meditation.

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