Dropping Everything and Taking the Eightfold Path
Anyone ever thought about doing this? What has stopped you?
What is the Eightfold Path? Sounds interesting…
Buddhist rites, correct?
correct. here’s it is broken down. http://www.thebigview.com/buddhism/eightfoldpath.html
I mean fully committing to living a Buddhist life. I think about it a lot.
I did that a lot of months ago. ._. wow.
We did a big thing on it in school. I like the idea but it seems like it would take way too much time. (lifetime perhaps?)
The Eightfold Path is more of an integration into your everyday life than a “path”. There are many facets to it, and you should start with the 4 Noble Truths. I wrote about it on my site ( http://practicingmindfulness.com/2011/03/the-four-noble-truths-are-simple/ ), and I’ll be doing a longer post about the Eightfold Path at some point soon I hope :)
It’s basically this:
1. Right View
To sum it up, it’s a lifestyle change that you never really “finish” per se. It’s being mindful of your actions and their repercussions in the world around you and within you.
I hope that helps.
Ever since I read my first Buddhist book I started walking this path, one step at a time. And the more I’ve walked, the more trust I have that the goal is real and at the same time, the route is beautiful too!
What is your goal?
Because it essentially will bring you to a point where you deny the self. I agree with Buddhism morally and I follow many of it’s tenants. However the end result to me is inhuman.
@kayne, i always thought that too! it seems to me like the end result is kind of like a robot. i was turned off to the whole thing because of that.
they are saying that attachments, and wanting cause suffering, but what about attachments between people?
Well it’s not a robot. It’s more like nihilism.
yeah and nihilism scares the daylights out of me. i can’t imagine that kind of detachment. it seems kinda sociopathic to me
@ Kayne , it’s not about denying the self. It’s about realising that there is no self, there are only thoughts about what a self would be like if it existed.
And OP the reason for not following the eightfold path is that the core of enlightenment can be cracked in minutes.
In fact, that’s my job. I work with people liberating them from self.
If you’re interested in liberation check out my page I got links to the site I work out of and my personal blog on this stuff
Buddhism Nihilism? I don’t think so:
I agree with Martin, it’s not nihilism. There is a subtle difference that I would have to think about before explaining.
BTW, I saw Henry Kissinger described Adolph Hitler as a romantic nihilist. That is so spot on.
Martin, as I recall, Neitzche did not say God is dead, the village idiot said it. aside from that quibble though, I approach Neitzche with great circumspection. It has been said that when you approach his writings they appear as unified as a bamboo forest but once you read them and become engaged and enter the forest, you are trapped and cannot move because the bamboo is so close together.
Buddhism is not about detaching yourself from the world. it is about being happy with what you have, not wanting endless things. its about being as close as possible to yourself. the self you were born with, yet improved, by losing all the items, and the ways we are brought up to act.
Also expanding on the forth noble truth, or the eight-fold path
1. Right Vision/ right understanding
To have the right outlook on life
2. Right Intention/ thought or resolve
right attitude to life, to see enlightenment as the one goal. with this includes our surrender to the unselfish love of all beings.
3. Right Speech
speech is the easiest way to harm or help someone.
4. Right Action
avoid killing, stealing, false speech, sexual misconduct, and intoxication.
Help ever. Harm never.
5. Right Livelihood
to not harm any living creature, earning your crust.
6. Right Effort
to become aware of your personal good and bad traits, eliminate the bad, cultivate the good.
7. Right Mindfulness/ awareness
to learn calmness and awareness, within feelings thoughts and the whole body and sensations, to gain mastery over ones self.
8. Right Samadhi
a difficult word to translate, sometimes translated as concentration, but misses the point of the word samadhi. It is sometimes used to mean concentration, but it also means meditation, and even exalted meditative state at the threshold of enlightenment. Samadhi is more than just a method, it points to the fruits of meditation and the goal of the noble eightfold path which is enlightenment.
um…if anyone is interested in reading more about Buddhism…i can highly recommend the first book i read on the subject, its not to long, and is explained very well. i was very surprised at what Buddhism was about when i first read it….it just made so much sense…and has changed me over the last 5 years to become a better me.
Timeless wisdom of the Tibetans – by Craig Hamilton-Parker
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