The Noble Eightfold Path
In this talk, Bhante Sujato discusses the Noble Eightfold Path. You may find it helpful to follow along with this outline of the factors of the path as you listen to the talk.
The Noble Eight-Fold Path
Understanding of the Four Noble Truths and of the workings of kamma
Intentions of renunciation, non-ill will and harmlessness
Speech which does not cause suffering (refraining from harsh speech, from false speech, from malicious divisive speech, from idle gossip) and which supports nonsuffering (speech which is true, gentle, kind, spoken for the purpose of furthering understanding of the dhamma)
Action which does not cause harm and which is in keeping with the Five Precepts (refraining from killing, from taking that which is not given, from harmful sexual behavior, and from use of intoxicants)
Means of earning a living that does not obstruct following the Noble Eightfold Path
Efforts which develop and maintain the wholesome/skillful and which avoid developing or which eliminate the unwholesome/unskillful
The four establishments of mindfulness (satipatthanas) – mindfulness of body, feelings, mind and dhammas (phenomena, principles)
The four jhanas - deeply focused states of absorption in which greed, hatred and delusion are temporarily absent and from which clear seeing of the way things are (which leads ultimately to awakening) can be developed
Adapted from: The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha, MN 141, Nanamoli and Bodhi, Wisdom Publications, 1995.