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The Noble Eightfold Path
The practice of wisdom is accomplished by Right View and Right Thought;
The practice of morality by Right Speech, Right Action;
and Right Livelihood;
The practice of concentration by Right Effort, Right Mindfulness, and Right Concentration.
1 . Right View
Right View is understanding the four noble truths of the nature of suffering, and understanding the law of causality:
We Reap what we sow.
2. Right Thought
Right Thought is the accordance of our thoughts with the Right View.
It is the letting go of desires and attachments, offering happiness to others,
and taking away their bitterness.
3. Right Speech
Right Speech is the abstention from words that are false, divisive, abusive, or frivolous.
It is using words to benefit, not to harm.
4. Right Action
Right Action is the reverence for all life, and the respect for the property of others.
It is the practice of love and non-violence.
5. Right Livelihood
Right Livelihood is reflecting our loving-kindness and compassion in the way we earn our living.
It is nurturing and caring for others with our work.
6. Right Effort
Right Effort is enthusiastically approaching everything we do in our work, at home, and in our practice.
It is replacing unwholesome thoughts with those that are wholesomes.
7. Right Mindfulness
Right Mindfulness is the state in which we are aware of everything that arises in our mind, but we do so nonjudgmentlly and without interpretation.
8. Right Concentration
Right Concentration is focusing our attention on what we choose without being distracted.
It is the absence of worries, doubts, and drowsiness. It is a state of joy and ease.
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