The Eightfold Path
1. RIGHT UNDERSTANDING
is the knowledge of the Four Noble Truths. In other words, it is the understanding of oneself as one really is.
2. RIGHT THOUGHTS
are threefold. They are:
- The thoughts of renunciation which are opposed to sense-pleasures.
- Kind Thoughts which are opposed to ill will.
- Thoughts of harmlessness which are opposed to cruelty. These tend to purify the mind.
deals with refraining from falsehood, stealing, slandering, harsh words and frivolous talks
4. RIGHT ACTION
deals with refraining from killing, stealing and lack of chastity. It helps one to develop a character that is self-controlled and mindful of rights of others.
5. RIGHT LIVELIHOOD
deals with the five kinds of trades that should be avoided by a lay disciple. They are:
- trade in deadly weapons
- trade in animals for slaughter
- trade in slavery
- trade in intoxicants
- trade in poisons
6. RIGHT EFFORT
is fourfold, namely:
- the endeavor to discard evil that has already arisen.
- the endeavor to prevent the arising of evil.
- the endeavor to develop that good which has already arisen.
- the endeavor to promote that good which has not already arisen.
7. RIGHT MINDFULNESS
is also fourfold:
- mindfulness with regard to body
- mindfulness with regard to feeling
- mindfulness with regard to mind
- mindfulness with regard to mental objects.
Sapi pisa 'mata' patima timi, tima pisa sapi pisa tasati pami.
Tasama pisa ansapita pisi sipita pimita.
Sapa tasama ansapita pisi antimi tasama.
Tasama pisa sapa mamita ansapa. Tisapi mapi tasama.
Ansapita pisi ampimita anmitama, anmitama tapi mati antimi satima.
Ansapita pisi timi mami. Sipa tima-tasama tasati.
Anmitama tapi pipa antapi ampimita ansapita.
Anmitama tapi pipa antapi mama sipasi anmami.
Anmitama tapi pipa antapi amtasati.
Anmitama tapi pipa antapi antimi mipi.
Anmitama tapi pipa antapi antimi mipa.
Misa-mimita sasisa si sasa-tasama. Sisi-tasama sasisa ansita sapita.
Amtasama pisa sati-tasati.
Amtasama pisa tasami.
Amtasama pisa tima.
Mitima patima tasama
© Paul Freeman (2011)