Category Archives: General

Truthfulness first

The third factor of the Eightfold Path is Right Speech, that is, cultivating speech that will lead us and others towards peace and away from unwholesome results. Of all the guidelines about speech, the most fundamental is truthfulness. Without being … Continue reading

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Sustainability

Developing the Eightfold Path in ourselves is the work of a lifetime. How can we stay oriented towards progress on the path when life is often disconcerting and demanding? It’s an important question. As input options, some people prefer listening … Continue reading

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Which direction?

All the factors in the Buddha’s Eightfold Path are preceded by sammā, which means supreme or ultimate or best. But sammā also means right in the sense of leading towards awakening and away from delusion. So for each of the factors, we can … Continue reading

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Right Mindfulness

In the middle of the “concentration” group of factors on the Buddha’s Eightfold Path, between Right Effort and Right Concentration, is Right Mindfulness. In English, the term mindfulness has become almost meaningless through overuse and mis-use. My goal is to … Continue reading

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Right Effort

Right Effort is largely an internal training. We can sometimes remove ourselves from unwholesome environments and choose more wholesome environments, but an unusual degree of self-knowledge is required for true Right Effort, specifically the effort to: prevent the arising of … Continue reading

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Right Livelihood

The last of the three factors in the “ethical living” portion of the Eightfold Path is Right Livelihood. This is a down-to-earth, practical consideration. For many of us work is our primary interaction with other people and so may have … Continue reading

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Right View

To follow the Noble Eightfold Path is a matter of practice rather than intellectual knowledge, but to apply the path correctly it has to be properly understood.  – Bhikkhu Bodhi Many folks today use the “picking and choosing” method of … Continue reading

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