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

Right Understanding

Understanding of the Four Noble Truths and of the workings of kamma

Right Intention

Intentions of renunciation, non-ill will and harmlessness

Right Speech

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)

Right Action

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)

Right Livelihood

Means of earning a living that does not obstruct following the Noble Eightfold Path

Right Effort

Efforts which develop and maintain the wholesome/skillful and which avoid developing or which eliminate the unwholesome/unskillful

Right Mindfulness

The four establishments of mindfulness (satipatthanas) – mindfulness of body, feelings, mind and dhammas (phenomena, principles)

Right Concentration

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.