Back to Basics – The Eightfold Path

The Eightfold Path of Buddhism is also called the Middle Path or Middle Way, is the system of following these eight divisions of the path to achieve enlightenment and cease suffering:

  • Right understanding: Understanding that the Four Truths are true.

  • Right thought: Determining and resolving to practice the path of Buddhism.

  • Right speech: Avoiding slander, gossip, lying, and all forms of untrue and abusive speech.

  • Right conduct: Adhering to the idea of nonviolence (ahimsa), as well as refraining from any form of stealing or sexual impropriety.

  • Right means of making a living: Not slaughtering animals or working at jobs that force you to violate others.

  • Right mental attitude or effort: Avoiding unskillful thoughts and emotions, such as ongoing anger and jealousy.

  • Right mindfulness: Having a clear sense of one’s mental state, bodily health and emotional states.

  • Right concentration: Using meditation and mindfulness to reach enlightenment.

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