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Eight Fold Path

A container for our spiritual cultivation

These basic rules of conduct: not killing, not stealing, being very careful and responsible in our sexual conduct, having ethical speech and not destroying our minds through drugs and alcohol – these are eternal rules of conduct… it’s like a cup: if we want to pour in the elixir of the dharma, we have to have something to support it, we have to have something to contain it…so, it doesn’t just run everywhere and get wasted. It holds it, it contains it. So, likewise, for our spiritual cultivation we need a container. And this is our basic ethical conduct, that we live in this world in a way, that any being, who comes in our presence, knows, they have nothing to fear from us, because we are not going to hurt them, we are not going to steal from them, we are not going to misuse them, we are not going to cheat them… they are safe with us and we are also safe with ourselves, because we know, we are not going to do these things, because we have promised ourselves and the Buddhas not to do that.

– Tenzin Palmo

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Noble Eightfold Path

There are these two extremes that are not to be indulged in by one who has gone forth. Which two? That which is devoted to sensual pleasure with reference to sensual objects: base, vulgar, common, ignoble, unprofitable; and that which is devoted to self-affliction: painful, ignoble, unprofitable. Avoiding both of these extremes, the middle way realized by the Tathagata — producing vision, producing knowledge — leads to calm, to direct knowledge, to self-awakening, to Unbinding.

And what is the middle way realized by the Tathagata that — producing vision, producing knowledge — leads to calm, to direct knowledge, to self-awakening, to Unbinding? Precisely this Noble Eightfold Path: right view, right resolve, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, right concentration. This is the middle way realized by the Tathagata that — producing vision, producing knowledge — leads to calm, to direct knowledge, to self-awakening, to Unbinding.

– Buddha


Essential

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Jan 4, 2018

25659420_10209829051194284_8522155485922272330_nLet us be careful in speech,

be well-restrained in mind,

and physically, too, let us abstain from harm.

Let us purify these three courses of action

and accomplish the practice of the Noble Eightfold Path

made known by all the Buddhas.

—Buddha Shakyamuni, Dharmapada


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Thich Nhat Hanh Philosophy & Practice


Right Speech

Sometimes we speak clumsily and create internal knots in others. Then we say, “I was just telling the truth.” It may be the truth, but if our way of speaking causes unnecessary suffering, it is not Right Speech. The truth must be presented in ways that others can accept. Words that damage or destroy are not Right Speech. Before you speak, understand the person you are speaking to. Consider each word carefully before you say anything, so that your speech is “Right” in both form and content.

– Thich Nhat Hanh

from the book “The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching: Transforming Suffering into Peace, Joy, and Liberation”
ISBN: 978-0767903691 – http://amzn.to/17VOZql


Reminder: The Noble Eight fold Path

To be practiced in every moment.

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Eight fold path

The Eight fold Path consists of eight practices: right view, right thinking, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, right concentration.

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The Eight Fold Path

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The Eight fold Path consists of eight practices: right view, right thinking, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, right concentration.


People are dealing too much with the negative

“I have noticed that people are dealing too much with the negative, with what is wrong… Why not try the other way, to look into the patient and see positive things, to just touch those things and make them bloom?”

~Thich Nhat Hanh~


Eight fold path

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The Eight fold Path consists of eight practices: right view, right thinking, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, right concentration.