Right Mindfulness in Buddhism – The Seventh Spoke

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Right Mindfulness in Buddhism – The Seventh Spoke of the Wheel The next principle of the Eight-fold Path is called Right Mindfulness which is “samma sati” in the Indian Pali language.  This can be translated in a number of ways: “Right memory”, “right awareness”, “right attention” but it’s important to keep in mind that the word “right” actually translates to “skillful”, “realistic”, “authentic” in the sense that we are performing an action that is conducive to the attainment of enlightenment. Defining Right Mindfulness What is Right Mindfulness in Buddhism?  Simply put it refers to being aware of our body and … Continue reading

Right Effort in Buddhism – The Sixth Spoke of the Wheel

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Right Effort in Buddhism – The Sixth Spoke of the Wheel The next three spokes of the wheel of Dharma have to do with Concentration (Samadhi) which entails concentrating on a single object of meditation for the realization of Nirvana or enlightenment. In the Indian Pali language the word for right effort is “Samma-Vayama” which can also be translate as “Right endeavor”, “Right Diligence” or we can phrase this as “Authentic/Realistic Endeavour” or “Authentic/Realistic Diligence”. Defining Right Effort At the very basic level, Right Effort in Buddhism means that we exert ourselves to develop wholesome qualities and abandon unwholesome qualities. … Continue reading

Right Livelihood Buddhism – The Fifth Spoke of the Wheel

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Right Livelihood Buddhism & the Fifth Spoke of the Wheel of Dharma This is the fifth principle in the Eightfold Path and the third principle of Buddhist Ethical conduct, together with Right Speech and Right Action. In the ancient Indian Pali language this is called “Samma-ajiva” which translates as “right way of life”, “authentic living”, “skillful living” and refers to the occupation or career that we choose in this life. Defining Right Livelihood According to the Magga-vibhanga Sutta, the Buddha defined it for his disciples as follows: “And what is Right Livelihood?  There is the case where a disciple of the noble … Continue reading

Right Action in Buddhism – The Fourth Spoke of the Wheel

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Right Action in Buddhism Right Action in Buddhism is the second component of ethical conduct and can be better translated from the Pali term Samma-kammanta as “right conduct”.  This branch of the Eight-fold Path is concerned with morally upright actions that are not harmful to the oneself and others. I think we can find evidence of similar kinds of commandments in other religions as well.  The most obvious example of this is Christianity with its Ten Commandments.  In the world of monastic Buddhism they follow the guidelines discussed below as if they were commandments.  While for lay people it isn’t … Continue reading

Right Speech in Buddhism – The Third Spoke of the Wheel

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Right Speech in Buddhism   Now that we’ve gone over the first part of the The Eight-fold path, we move on to the next category which is Ethical Conduct and is made up of Right Speech, Right Action, and Right Livelihood. This post builds from the last post when I recommended that we think before we speak and not to speak unless we have something true, helpful, inspiring, necessary and kind. In the Buddha’s instructions to his disciples which was the monastic community, he said the following about those disciples who admonish one another as found in Anguttara Nikaya V: “Five … Continue reading