Friday, June 14, 2013

The Eightfold Path To Enlightenment

1. Right View
2. Right Intention
3. Right Speech
4. Right Action
5. Right Livelihood
6. Right Effort
7. Right Mindfulness
8. Right Concentration

These are part of a Buddhist teaching called the Eightfold Path to Enlightenment. In my mind they are applicable to any faith tradition. They teach us to see things as they really are as well as encourage us to always have pure intentions without hidden agendas. We should practice right speech by always telling the truth. Our actions should be for the building up of others and not to break them down. Right livelihood means to do work that is honorable. Our actions and livelihood should be given proper effort. This means to do what is necessary and needed without over doing it. Right mindfulness is being where we are and doing what we are doing and right concentration is giving our activity the thoughtfulness it deserves. If we do all these things consistently we will be enlightened.

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