The Eightfold Path is the fourth element of the Four Noble Truths.
THE EIGHTFOLD PATH
The Buddha-Dharma is the realization within one’s deepest consciousness of the Oneness of all life. For the attainment of this purpose, Buddha showed us the Eightfold Path.
- Right Views means to keep ourselves free from prejudice, superstition and delusion…and to see aright the true nature of life.
- Right Thoughts means to turn away from the hypocrisies of this world and to direct our minds toward Truth and Positive Attitudes and Action.
- Right Speech means to refrain from pointless and harmful talk…to speak kindly and courteously to all.
- Right Conduct means to see that our deeds are peaceable, benevolent, compassionate and pure…and to live the teachings daily.
- Right Livelihood means to earn our living in such a way as to entail no evil consequences. To seek that employment to which we can give our complete enthusiasm and devotion.
- Right Effort means to direct our efforts continually to the overcoming of ignorance and craving desires.
- Right Mindfulness means to cherish good and pure thoughts, for all that we say and do arises from our thoughts.
- Right Meditation means to concentrate our will on the Buddha, his life and his Teachings.
From The Buddhist Temple of Chicago Service Book, October 2009