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More of the Buddhist Wisdom

What is the Eightfold Path?

1. RIGHT VIEW

A true understanding of how reality and suffering are intertwined.

2. RIGHT RESOLVE

The aspiration to act with correct intention, doing no harm.

3. RIGHT SPEECH

Abstaining from lying, and divisive or abusive speech.

4. RIGHT ACTION

Acting in ways that do not cause harm, such as not taking life, not stealing, and not engaging in sexual misconduct.

5. RIGHT LIVELIHOOD

Making an ethically sound living, being honest in business dealings.

6. RIGHT EFFORT

Endeavoring to give rise to skillful thoughts, words, and deeds and renouncing unskillful ones.

7. RIGHT MINDFULNESS

Being mindful of one’s body, feelings, mind, and mental qualities.

8. RIGHT CONCENTRATION

Practicing skillful meditation informed by all of the preceding seven aspects.

These eight steps are considered to be of three types: right view and right resolve are related to our development of wisdom; right speech, right action, and right livelihood to ethical conduct; and right effort, right mindfulness, and right concentration to meditation.

 
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