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The Fourth Noble Truth

The Noble Eightfold Path
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Transcript of The Fourth Noble Truth

The Fourth Noble Truth The Noble Eightfold Path Ethical Conduct Mental Discipline
(Meditation) Wisdom These are truths built on the universal ideas love & compassion.
In Buddhism, there is compassion for all living beings.
One must strive to equally balance wisdom and compassion.
No spiritual development is possible without the following... The following transform the mind through meditation practice. Discipline is achieved through training in the higher consciousness, which brings the calm and collectedness needed to develop true wisdom by direct experience. The aim of all Buddhist practices is wisdom. The Buddha taught that the cause of human suffering is our failure to understand the true nature of reality and wisdom is the opposite of this. We gain understanding of the truth pointed to by the Buddha through listening, reflection, and meditation. Buddha Say Wha? “Your worst enemy can not harm you as much as your own thoughts, unguarded. But once mastered, no one can help you as much, not even your father or your mother.” “Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than the unsuccessful man with talent. Genius will not; un-rewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not -- the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination are omnipotent.” Right Thought Right Effort Right Speech To have right speech, one must not...
tell a lie
talk bad about another to cause disharmony among others
use "harsh, rude, impolite, malicious, or abusive language" against others
gossip
If you avoid these things, you will only speak the truth and use kind words.
"If one cannot say something useful, one should keep 'noble silence.'" Right Action Promotes peaceful, ethical, and honorable conduct.
One should abstain from stealing, dishonest dealings, and destroying life.
Our job is to help others also lead a peaceful, honest life. Right Livelihood One should not have a job that may put the life of another in danger, for example: killing animals, dealing firearms, or bartending.
One's profession should be honorable and innocent. Right Effort The will to...
Prevent evil and unwholesome mindsets.
Rid yourself of evil and unwholesome states you are already in.
Produce good and wholesome mindsets.
Perfect good and wholesome mindsets. Right Mindfulness Being aware of...
the activities of the body
sensations and feelings
activities of the mind
ideas
thoughts
conceptions
things
To achieve this, pay attention to the 5 aggregates. Right Concentration The goal is to have a state where all mental faculties are unified and directed onto one particular object, known as one-pointedness. Right concentration for the purpose of the eightfold path means wholesome concentration, or concentration on wholesome thoughts and actions. Right Thought Right thought includes thoughts of love and non-violence extending to all beings.
True wisdom is achieved when these thoughts overpower hateful and violent thoughts
Our thoughts are as important as our actions because they make up who we are, so it becomes crucial that we keep our thoughts pure. Right Understanding Right Understanding develops naturally last once you understand the other parts of the Eightfold Path. It is the interrelatedness of how the other steps relate to each other. Right Understanding is developed because you understand how everything relates and you understand anatman (that there is no "I"). It is to see the wheel of Samsara as it really is. Match the following quotes from Buddha with the corresponding part of the eightfold path.
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