The Noble Eightfold Path ENGLISH DHARMA GROUP JADE BUDDHA TEMPLE M AY 2 0 1 5 Overview The Four Noble Truths Sequence and Groups The Eight Factors Conclusion Suggested Reading
The Four Noble Truths 1. Dissatisfaction 2. Cause suffering | difficulty | challenges desire|attachment|greed|grasping 3. End
4. The Path Eradicate all attachments Happiness | Peace | Enlightenment Dharma Wheel of Clarity Sequence Groups
Right View Right Thinking Right Speech Right Action Right Livelihood Right Effort Right Mindfulness Right Concentration Sequence Groups
Wisdom Morality Mental Development Right View Right Thinking Right Speech Right Action Right Livelihood Right Effort
Right Mindfulness Right Concentration Sequence Groups Morality Mental Development Wisdom Right Speech
Right Action Right Livelihood Right Effort Right Mindfulness Right Concentration Right View Right Thinking Noble Eightfold Path Right View/
Understanding Forerunner & Guide Starting point |destination | landmarks Understanding cause and effect Understanding the Four Noble Truths Noble Eightfold Path
Right Intention Thinking | Aspiration | Attitude Free your mind from negative thoughts and unhealthy patterns Grasping Hatred Cruelty Replace with wholesome thoughts Letting go
Loving kindness Compassion Noble Eightfold Path Right Speech 4 qualities of skillful speech Truthful Uplifting - not malicious or unkind
Gentle not crude or harsh Moderate not useless or meaningless Noble Eightfold Path Right Action Skillful ethical behavior The Five Precepts Killing
Stealing Lying Sexual misconduct Misuse of intoxicants Noble Eightfold Path Right Livelihood Any occupation that does not Cause harm to you
Cause harm to others Assessment: 1. Does my job cause harm? 2. Does it break the 5 Precepts? 3. Other aspects that prevent my spiritual progress. Noble Eightfold Path Right Effort
Right choices Four parts 1. Prevent arising of unwholesome state of mind 2. Overcome |greed, hatred, delusion 3. Replace |loving thoughts, generosity, compassion 4. Cultivate wholesome mental states Noble Eightfold
Path Right Mindfulness Observe | recognize | mind free of desire, hate, and greed Prevent and overcome negative patterns of thoughts and behavior Leads to clear inner seeing, the inner eye of Wisdom
Noble Eightfold Path Right Concentration Three Characteristics Always wholesome Deep and powerful level of one-pointed focus Incorporates the use of mindfulness to develop
wisdom Conclusion Practice takes time 8 Steps to Happiness support one another No matter where you start Reach highest degree of peace and happiness Enlightenment Suggested Reading Eight Mindful Steps To Happiness
-Walking the Buddhas Path by Bhante Henepola Gunaratna From the author of Mindfulness In Plain English Thanks English Dharma Group February 2015
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