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.
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.
The 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.
What is Happiness?
Happiness & Sorrows are nothing but “effects” of your past action. So, life is “cause & effect”. there is no god. god is nothing but simply upholding good qualities, so a human can become a god.
There has been great wars, pains and sorrows in the past and it will be in future. However, there was no god who came down to earth to rescue you. One time India’s great warrior Ashoka, also couldn’t find happiness in winning all small states.
Siddhartha Buddha after attaining enlightenment, he just enjoyed 2 weeks in that state blissfully. But it was also temporarily. He found “true happiness” only in helping people to liberate like him.
Buddha attained Nirvana through meditation. His very last words were,
“Behold, O monks, this is my last advice to you. All component things in the world are changeable. They are not lasting. Work diligently for your own salvation.”
T H E M Y S T I C L A W OF L O T U S S U T R A
Lotus Flowers send the cylindrical stalks of both the leaves and flowers from the muddy bottom of the water high into the air. The flowers and the leaves all appeared to be reaching for the sun. The flowers closed in the late afternoon.During the night, the flower closes and sinks, like a cleansing, and then emerges with the light, a renewal. (Never give up, when things are difficult in life, next day again re-emerge to touch the sky (buddhahood), keep practicing mystic law every time-never give up for enlightenment that gives only happiness to you and others- the extreme state of wisdom and compassion. Hollow stems, but tough outside and flexible stem symbolizes our resilience and compassion towards negative forces).
In fall, the Lotus leaves wither, the seeds within the pods ripen and eventually bend down to release the seeds. During winter, the plant sleeps beneath the water’s surface with dormant roots. The Lotus seeds can survive an incredibly long time in a dried-up body of water and have germinated and grown into plants after more than a thousand years of dormancy. (All life forms are like Lotus flower in the winter, need a warmth from the Nichiren Diashonin’s Buddhism. Even while going to dormant phase of life cycle, human should spread seeds of its’ importance of Buddhism).
According to a traditional story, the more muddy and opaque the water, the more beautiful the Lotus flower when it emerges. (More is the worst life conditions you have, more beautifully you will attain buddhahood, if you follow Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, like Lotus flower).
Lesson and Song: written by me (ARJUN LIMBU, 24 July 2016)
It is in the process of Publication
Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo !!! (background-Chanting)
I’m a Lotus Flower.
Do not Pray or Chant, Just because You are Told to Do so,
Understand Nobility Nature First.
Discover Wisdom at both the Intellectual & Experiential Level
With Wisdom, Naturally Compassion Emanates Profoundly from Heart.
Like the way, While Lotus Blooms &
Spreads its Sweetest Subtle Scent to its Surrounding.
Be & Act, Like a Lotus Flower in Every Moment of this Apparent Life.
My Dormant Lotus Flower Nature, Buddhahood,
Has lived, Wandered Everywhere in the Deepest Darkness for Countless Kalpas.
In Each Kalpas, Yet I Couldn’t Find Even a Tint of Light.
Still Living under Futile Defilement, Murky Watery underneath Ecosystem.
Nothing Is As Painful As Staying Stuck Somewhere You Don’t Belong.
So, My Lotus Nature is Still Seeking for Some Sign
of Sunshine in this Absolute Darkness. In my Core, I’m a Lotus Flower. I Know.
In my Heart, I know, There’s a Place Somewhere Full of Light & Happiness.
Sun !! I heard You shed Light in Whole Universe. Who are You? Where are You?
What is Your True Nature? Please, Just Shed a Glimpse of Light on Me.
Just Show me the Truth Path, where to Emerge onto.
I will chisel the Darkness, Haze & Rise towards You.
Like the way, Discovering a Light,
the Lotus chisel through the Hazy Pool to Reach out Towards the Shining Light.
Because I’m a Lotus Flower. I Know.
Today, Truly understanding Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo !
I Found the Lion’s Mighty Roar in Me, which gave me Courage
to Confront Any Challenges with Noble Calm Composure.
So, I Thank you to Thunderstorms, Huge Ocean Waves Assailing the Little Boat
of my Life, Coz of You, I’ve found a Tranquil Seashore;
A Rich, but Destitute Vagabond has found an Eternal Home.
Now, My Deepest Compassion will always be Permeating Everywhere in my Presence
Coz I’ve Found its Root causes; Found a True Buddha here in Me.
Today, My Eyes, Full of Tears have Washed away
All my Expedient Darkness & Provisional, Delusional Prejudices.
Like the way, With Faith in Light, Succumbed Lotus Flower Emerges
Washing Itself on Pond & Discovers Free, Fresh & Open Air.
Practicing the Middle Way, Gained True Insight of the Glistening Noble-path.
Perceived the Core of the “Truth as It Is”, Encountered the “True” Dhamma.
Yesterday is cleansed into Purity Today. Tomorrow will be More Purer.
Now, I’m Escalating from the Lower Worlds to the Pinnacle.
I will Resurrect Myself in the Same Direction, Every Time if I Fall.
Learn to Live this Life Wonderfully: Either in Sorrow or in Happiness.
My utmost thank you to all those
Known, unknown-All universal Forces, For Coming to my Life,
in Different Colors, Shapes, Sizes & Forms as A Guiding Star today.
Like the way, Warm Sun shows up to help Bloom the Potential Lotus Flower.
Now, I See many Other Dormant Lotus Flowers
Perplexed & Wandering in the Murky Pool, Seeking to Bloom.
With a Full Wisdom proliferated within me, Saintly & Diligently,
I Determined to Radiate my Brilliant Virtuous Compassion.
Like the Morning Sun come to Awaken the Lotus flower,
To Awaken those Sleeping Sentient Buddhas. Like I was in the Same Water Pool.
Now, I can See, We are All Lotus Flower. We are all The Lotus Flower.
I’m a Lotus Flower.
Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo !!! (background-Chanting)
Scientific Botanical Nomenclature:
Subkingdom: Tracheobionta—Vascular plants
Superdivision: Spermatophyta—Seed plants
Division: Magnoliophyta—Flowering plants
Family: Nelumbonaceae—Lotus-Lily family
Genus: Nelumbo adans—Lotus
Species: Nelumbo nucifera—Sacred Lotus (For Christianity: Nucifera is the opposite of Lucifer)
May be this world is a prison, that’s why we always strive for enlightenment. Especially, when you r in a deep shit, u always desire to overcome suffering at least, right?
In any so called religions, i never like the “ism”, especially in the Buddhism- only the word Buddha is Perfect, that is inherent in all life forms, no matter what their origin, sex, color, or follow any sect. It is rather a Law of nature simply. Like, when anger arises, it creates a negative atmosphere in surrounding, and with happiness, it creates a peaceful ambience, and this ubiquitous law of nature pertains and pervades in all life. I’m not a blind faith, and believe only that transforms me into a better person at both logical and experiential level. A better person means to achieve the pinnacle of success or my virtues without harming others at least even living as earthly person because i need good fortune as well. To propagate a positive vibe is also to dispel the fundamental darkness, so i’m writing particularly this issue.
New York – Vipassana Acharya S. N. Goenka addressed the delegates to the Millennium World Peace Summit as they gathered in the United Nations General Assembly Hall today – first ever gathering of religious and spiritual leaders in the UN. Mr. Goenka’s speech, in the session entitled Conflict Transformation, focussed on the themes of religious harmony, tolerance and peaceful coexistence. Mr. Goenka said, “Rather than converting people from one organized religion to another organized religion,we should try to convert people from misery to happiness, from bondage to liberation and from cruelty to compassion.”
In practicing Buddhism, i like both Vipassana Meditation as well as the Nichiren Daishonin (the Lotus Sutra). It is very truly expounded here that the 5 sense organs+mind are the primal sources of the purification and pollution of an individual. Our sense organs- eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body receives/send information (evil or good emotional feelings) to/from brain and surrounding. It ultimately manifests a person of good and bad nature or transforming one’s virtues. This is the law of nature that every living are confined in.
The heart of the Buddha’s lifetime of teachings is the Lotus Sutra, which manifests in our behaviour and character, the most valuable treasurer as a human being. What matters most is one’s heart. The wonderful qualities and character as a person will even inspire and move the hearts of people who are not practicing this faith. It is rather a human thing than imaginative. So, Lesson is unless we change our behavior to good by experiencing a true state of peace and tranquility amidst continual struggle against evil.
Mr. Toda, Soka Gakkai says to youth that, “sometimes you’ll encounter situations where things don’t go as you would like. when that happens, voice constructive opinions. speak out confidently and articulate your views. Respect people of character and integrity, and stand up bravely to the high-handed and arrogant. That’s what youth need to do. some people become increasingly self-centered as they get older. often leaders grow lax and corrupt when they rise to high positions and there is no one around to guide or correct them. The leaders in our organization for kosen-rufu need to be exceptionally self-disciplined.”