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The Noble eightfold path is outlined as the path of ending suffering (dukha). It is also called ariya atthangika magga in Pali cannon. In practice, You yourself must strive yourself, if you wish to end your suffering (Magga) and for peace in mind and to your surrounding.

They are:
i. Right View or understanding (Samma Ditti) : The Buddha never intended his followers to believe any teachings blindly, but to practise them and judge for yourself whether they were true.The superior right view leading to liberation is the understanding of the Four Noble Truths. The right view of kamma and its fruits provides a rationale for engaging in wholesome actions and attaining high status within the round of rebirths, but by itself it does not lead to liberation.
ii. Right Thought / Intention (Samma Sankappa): A commitment to cultivate the right attitudes : the intention of renunciation, the intention of good will, and the intention of harmlessness.the intentions are right, the actions will be right. Cause and Effect start from mind. the Buddha recommends to counteract ill will, especially when the object is another person, is a quality called in Pali metta. The method of development is metta-bhavana, the meditation on loving-kindness. May he (she) be well! May he (she) be happy! May he (she) be peaceful!”.One can try developing metta towards all friends, all neutral persons, all hostile persons.
iii. Right Speech (Samma vacca): Speaking truthfully, avoiding slander, gossip and abusive speech.
iv. Right Action (Samma Kammanta) : Refraining from stealing, killing and overindulgence in sensual pleasure.
v. Right Livelihood (Samma avija): Avoiding making a living in ways that cause harm, such as exploiting people or killing animals, or trading in intoxicants or weapons.
vi. Right Effort (Samma vayama) : freeing oneself from evil and unwholesome states and preventing them arising in future.Complete or Full Effort, Energy or Vitality. Also called right effort or diligence. Consciously directing our life energy to the transformative path of creative and healing action that fosters wholeness. Conscious evolution.
vii. Right Mindfulness (Samma sati) : Developing awareness of the body, sensations, feelings and states of mind.
viii. Right Concentration (Samma Samadhi) : Developing the mental focus necessary for this awareness.

The Buddha described the Eightfold Path as a means to enlightenment, like a raft for crossing a river. Once one has reached the opposite shore, one no longer needs the raft and can leave it behind.

The question is the is it really the word “right”, but instead, the word “Balance” give much more perfect meaning. Because everything needs the balance understanding both the sides of a wider perspective. More to enunciate, unless you know the ‘wrong’, you will never understand what is ‘Right’.  Buddha is therefore teaching you the middle path understanding both sides with wisdom. The eightfold path is at the heart of the middle way, which turns from extremes, and encourages us to seek the simple approach.

Image result for seesaw balanceImage result for seesaw balanceThe Fulcrum is the state of the Right, even though it is not right at philosophical level, because the balance comes when u stay between understanding both right and wrong. So, Balance or True word is more appropriate.

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Posted April 10, 2017 by arjunlimbu in Uncategorized

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