08 Jun Buddhism: The Noble Eight-fold Path
Our habits of thinking and acting like we are permanent, distinct selves, cause us to be ignorant or unaware of our true nature. And, therefore, we suffer because we crave, avoid, and have aversions.
The Buddha recognized these realities and taught the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path as a practice to help us gradually understand and embrace our true nature, so that we might stop suffering and be happy.
The Fourth Noble Truth and the Noble Eightfold Path are one and the same, and each of the eight paths is the cause and effect of the other, illustrating interbeing:
- Right View (deeply understanding the Four Noble Truths–including insights into which of the four nutriments (eating, sensing, wanting, and thinking) has contributed to our current condition)
- Right Thinking (or intent)
- Right Speech
- Right Action
- Right Livelihood
- Right Diligence (or effort)
- Right Mindfulness (the heart of Buddhist meditation)
- Right Concentration (looking deeply)