The Fourth Noble Truth of the Buddha describes a way to increase happiness. To become happier, the Buddha would suggest you walk along the Eight Fold Path.
The Eight-Fold Path consists, logically enough, of Eight Steps:
- Wise View
- Wise Intention
- Wise Speech
- Wise Action
- Wise Livelihood
- Wise Effort
- Wise Mindfulness, and
- Wise Concentration
We're going to just scratch the surface of these teachings at our next Society of Friends meeting at my house. So, to help prime the pump for this discussion next Tuesday, I would like to offer a series of four posts with just a little more information about the Eight Fold Path.
I. Wise View:
And what is Wise View?
It is the understanding of suffering.
It is the understanding of the origin of suffering.
It is the understanding of the cessation of suffering.
It is the understanding of the path that leads to the cessation of all sorrow and the awakening to the deathless.
It is the understanding of Interdependent Transformation.
It is the understanding of the deathless and unborn.
This is Wise View.
II. Wise Intention
And what is Wise Intention?
It is the intention of renunciation.
It is the intention of good will.
It is the intention of harmlessness.
This is Wise Intention.