The noble eight fold path is the way in which suffering is ended; its structure was laid out by Gautama Buddha. Another thing that separated this man from others was the fact that he contributed so much to Buddhist teachings. What makes me curious is the flexibility of the religion. I wonder if he was able to influence so many people to follow his practices because of his status. I am sure many followed him because he was the son of a king. He is without a doubt a positive being, he sacrificed a life of riches and getting everything he wanted for a life of self-discipline which resulted in a much greater and satisfying reward. For Siddartha, that reward was his Enlightenment and Nirvana The noble eightfold path is composed of 8 different elements that Buddhists must focus on to free their mind. The elements are divided into three different categories: wisdom, ethical conduct, and mental development.
Under the wisdom, category Buddhists must discover right view and right intention. Right view is the ability to see things for what they are. Right view is wisdom and enhanced intuition. Buddha was able to discover this by meeting with different people who were suffering. Right intention is a commitment to developing ethical and mental self-improvement. Right intention means that you cannot act or think violently or aggressively. It also deals with good will, which is similar to Christianity.
Under Ethical Conduct there were three elements: right speech, right action, and right livelihood. Right speech is described as a means of attaining moral discipline. This right was self-explanatory; we must take into consideration all of the words that come out of our mouths. For example, Gautama Buddha believe we must not lie, or speak deceitfully. We must not slander someone’s name or speak maliciously. And we must speak friendly and warm.
Right, Action is the second ethical principle, and it refers to doing the right thing. Suicide is especially frowned upon. Other ways to act accordingly are to harm anyone and intentionally do something that will alter someone else’s life in a negative way. Also, you must not act filled with lust because it is said to cloud the mind. If you are following the Right Action, then you must act kind to others. Right Livelihood deals with the method in which one earns wealth. It suggests that we must earn our wealth the righteous way, rather than fall into temptation and take shortcuts and earn illegal money.
The last three elements fall under the subject of Mental Development; they are a Right effort, Right mindfulness, and Right Concentration. Mental energy is what drives right effort; I believe this to be very similar to the effort to be very similar to the right of action. The effort is about becoming kind and acting with self-discipline and honesty. Right, Mindfulness is once again intuition and the ability to see thing as they are. It is the capacity to penetrate impression and view them without obscurity. The eight and last principal was Right Concentration. Right Concentration is the ability to meditate and focus energy on to one specific object. The Buddhist focused specifically on wholesome concentration.
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