Noble Eightfold Path
the Middle Path which the Perfect One discovered and expounded,
which gives rise to vision and knowledge, which leads to peace,
wisdom, enlightenment, and nibbana - the Noble Eightfold Path:
Understanding: of suffering, of its origin, of its cessation,
of the way leading to the cessation of suffering.
Intention: of renunciation, free from craving; of good will,
free from aversion; of compassion, free from cruelty.
Speech: abstaining from false speech, abstaining from malicious
speech, abstaining from harsh speech, abstaining from useless
Action: abstaining from taking life, abstaining from stealing,
abstaining from sexual misconduct.
Livelihood: giving up wrong livelihood, one earns one's living
by a right form of livelihood.
effort: to prevent unarisen unwholesome evil states of mind
from arising by making effort, stirring up energy and exerting
unwholesome evil states of mind that have already arisen by
making effort, stirring up energy and exerting mind;
wholesome mental states that have not yet arisen by making effort,
stirring up energy and exerting mind.
To maintain and perfect wholesome mental states already arisen
and not to allow them to disappear, but to bring them to growth,
to maturity and to the full perfection of development by making
effort, stirring up energy and exerting mind.
mindfulness: mindful contemplation of the body, mindful contemplation
of feelings, mindful contemplation of the mind, mindful contemplation
of mental objects.
Concentration: Quite secluded from sense pleasures, secluded
from unwholesome states of mind one enters and dwells in the
first jhana (meditative absorbtion), which is accompanied
by applied thought and sustained thought with rapture and happiness
born of seclusion.
subsiding of applied thought and sustained thought one enters
and dwells in the second jhana, which has internal confidence
and unification of mind, is without applied and sustained thought,
is filled with rapture and happiness born of concentration.
fading away of rapture, one dwells in equanimity, mindful and
discerning; and one experiences in one's own person that happiness
of which the noble ones say: 'Happily lives one who is equanimous
and mindful' - thus one enters and dwells in the third jhana.
abandoning of pleasure and pain, and with the previous disappearance
of joy and grief, one enters and dwells in the fourth jhana,
which has neither-pain-nor-pleasure and has purity of mindfulness
due to equanimity.