the Four Noble Truth & the Eightfold Path
Buddha is perhaps one of the wisest men that has lived on earth.
"I teach suffering, its origin, cessation and path. That's all I teach", declared the Buddha 2500 years ago.
A few thousand years ago, Buddha devised a system to help relieve people from suffering. The system is known as the Eightfold Path. It is also called the Middle Path or the Middle Way, is a system designed to achieve spiritual enlightenment and cease suffering.
It is simple, direct and profound all at the same time.
The Eightfold Path
1) Right view “right understanding”
This is the right way of looking at life, nature, and the world as they are - not as we want them to be.
This is embracing reality. It means understanding that the Four Noble Truths are noble and true. The Four Noble Truths are the truth of suffering, the truth of the cause of suffering, the truth of the end of suffering, and the truth of the path that leads to the end of suffering.
It explains the reasons for life existence, suffering, sickness, aging, death, the existence of greed, hatred, and delusion.
It gives direction and efficacy to the other seven path factors.
2) Right intention
Determining and resolving to practice Buddhist faith.
The practitioner should constantly aspire to rid themselves of whatever qualities they know to be wrong and immoral.
intention of giving up satisfying sensory organs.
the intention of all living beings’ happiness.
The intention of avoiding/harming all living beings.
3) Right Speech
Right speech deals with the way in which Buddhist practitioner would best make use of their words.
What is right speech?
Abandoning false speech -
He speaks the truth, holds the truth, firm, reliable, not a deceiver of the world…
Abandoning divisive speech -
What he has heard here he does not tell there to hurt others.
Abandoning abusive speech -
He speaks words that are soothing to the ear, that are affectionate, that go to the heart, that are polite, appealing, and pleasing to people at large…
Abandoning idle chatter -
He speaks in season, speaks on what is factual.
4) Right action
Right action can also be translated as “right conduct”.
The practitioner trains himself to be morally upright in activities, not acting in ways that would be corrupt or bring harm to himself or to others.
And what is right action?