Monday, August 22

And the 8-Fold path is...

  1. Samma-Ditthi — Complete or Perfect Vision, also translated as right view or understanding.
  2. Samma-Sankappa — Perfected Emotion or Aspiration, also translated as right thought or attitude.
  3. Samma-Vaca — Perfected or whole Speech. Also called right speech.
  4. Samma-Kammanta — Integral Action. Also called right action.
  5. Samma-Ajiva — Proper Livelihood. Also called right livelihood.
  6. Samma-Vayama — Complete or Full Effort, Energy or Vitality. Also called right effort or diligence.
  7. Samma-Sati — Complete or Thorough Awareness. Also called "right mindfulness".
  8. Samma-Samadhi — Full, Integral or Holistic Samadhi. This is often translated as concentration, meditation, absorption or one-pointedness of mind. None of these translations is adequate.
*The word Samma means 'proper', 'whole', 'thorough', 'integral', 'complete', and 'perfect' - related to English 'summit' - It does not necessarily mean 'right', as opposed to 'wrong'. However it is often translated as "right" which can send a less than accurate message.

Go to Buddhanet to learn more.
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