Noble Eightfold Path Sections

Notes on each section of the Noble Eightfold Path.

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Right Action

Right Action

  • In the 'Morality' section of the path.
  • Name in Pali is samma kammanta.
  • Behaving peacefully towards others.
  • Refraining from stealing and killing.
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Right Concentration

Right Concentration

  • In the 'meditation' section of the path.
  • Name in Pali is samma samadhi.
  • Develops mental focus of awareness.
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Right Effort

Right effort

  • In 'meditation' section of the path.
  • Name in Pali is samma vayama.
  • Cultivates positive state of mind.
  • Frees onself from the Three Fires (Greed, Hatred and Ignorance).
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Right Livelihood

Right Livelihood

  • In 'morality' section of the path.
  • Name in Pali is samma ajiva.
  • Avoiding making a living that harms others.
  • No business in weapons.
  • No business in human beings.
  • No business in meat.
  • No business in intoxicants.
  • No business in poison.
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Right Mindfulness

Right Mindfulness

  • In 'meditation' section of the path.
  • Name in Pali is samma sati.
  • Develops awareness of the body, sensations, feelings and states of mind.
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Right Speech

Right Speech

  • In 'morality' section of the path.
  • Name in Pali is samma vaca.
  • Speaking truthfully.
  • Avoiding gossip and abusive speech.
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Right Thought

Right Thought

  • In the 'wisdom' section of the path.
  • Name in Pali is samma sankappa.
  • A commitment to cultivate the right attitudes.
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Right Understanding

Right Understanding

  • In the 'wisdom' section of the path.
  • Name in Pali is samma ditthi.
  • Accepting Buddhist teachings.
  • Each action has karmic results.
  • Craving is the cause of suffering.
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