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The Noble Eightfold Path (Pali: ariyo aṭṭhaṅgiko maggo, Sanskrit: āryāṣṭāṅgamārga) is one of the principal teachings of the Buddha, who described it as the way leading to the cessation of suffering (dukkha) and the achievement of self-awakening. It is used to develop insight into the true nature of ...

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Describe the Mahayana path

This comment writes, reasonably enough: Worth mentioning regarding Tantra and Vajrayana that Vajrayana is not a path of renunciation So I was wondering what it is, if it isn't that. I remembered ...
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In what ways the Way removes the craving?

Buddha says the Way of Eightfold path removes the craving. I am looking for a short summary of ways the Way removes the craving. My question is : In which ways does the Way removes the craving ? How ...
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Does the question further?

Sometimes, a lay person would approach the Buddha and ask a question, such as, "If I earn all of the money in the world, will she like me?" to which the Buddha would reply, "It does not further". As ...
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If our present suffering is the result of bad karma from a prior life, what is the real present remedy for suffering in this life?

Can all suffering be alleviated in this life through our efforts with the Eight Fold Path? Why engage in any effort related to the Eight Fold Path, if the only true benefits are to be realized in the ...
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Importance of good moral conduct

What is the importance of this concept compared to other practices, such as meditation in the Buddhist way of life?
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What are the catalysts in eightfold path which speed up our endeavor?

I want to know how one can speed up his spiritual practices (8 fold path). For- Example, How one can improve his samādhi or prajñā quickly? And what are the things or acts which helps one to improve ...
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Which eliminate the hindrance permanently Noble eightfold path or supermundane?

Do they both play a role in getting rid of the hindrances or is one better then the other? How do they eliminate them?
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Pathway to Nirvana

As a complete beginner to Buddhism, what steps should I follow to get closer to enlightenment? Should I study Buddhism and meditate or should I move to a monastery? I know that to attain nirvana, ...
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Everything I do is motivated by greed/aversion. How to react?

I just came to a very upsetting realisation : Almost all my motivation for the things I do in my daily life (mostly playing the piano and studying math in college) comes from bad things, such as ego, ...
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Am I holding the right views?

Apart from right view of stress , origination of stress, cessation of stress and path to cessation of stress, I hold the view that humanity,which is under stress, must be saved. My question is :Am I ...
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Biology, Brain tumours and mental disorders, behaviour and Budhism

The biologic construction of our brains leads to diferent behaviour and personalities. Like different antennas or generators, we can process signals diferent ways or receive them diferent ways. Our ...
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How are good and bad Karmas determined in Buddhism?

One important thing that Hindus and Buddhists agree on is the law of Karma. That is, there are certain actions which will lead a person to have a positive experience in future, either in this life or ...
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The Buddha And The Beggar Story

I was watching this YouTube Video about the The Buddha And The Beggar My question as mentioned in the comment of that video is why is that the beggar can have only 8 items in the possessions and what ...
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Right effort and concentration

I was reading about the noble eightfold path and Right effort, thought and concentration, they seem to be very similar. What are the differences?
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What is the difference between right thinking and right view?

They seem to be both elements that promote a healthy perception about things in life. I have a hard time differentiating between one and the other.
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According to the Noble Eightfold Path, is it poor practice to speak poorly in solitude?

I had this question yesterday, when I was using my navigation system to navigate somewhere completely new in my car. I, by accident, took a wrong turn that resulted in multiple miles of detour. When I ...
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Why is it that Buddhist monks are strongly associated with beggars?

It seems to be a strong affinity in media for monks to be beggars. There doesn't seem to be anything in Buddhism that effectively correlates to being poor, or even using begging for livelihood. The ...
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Hosting people who are making me feel angry

I have been hosting people in my home recently, and I felt uncomfortable because they were being a little lazy for the common chores and sometimes even greedy when we had to pay for goods (eg. food, ...
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Sequence in the noble eightfold path

It's clear right view is the foremost factor as without the right view one would not go for practicing the noble eightfold path at all. But when the rest is considered, is there a real sequence? My ...
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Was Buddhism a rebellion against the Aryans?

I read and learned many areas in Buddhism, for example the Seven Arya Dhana (Saptharyadhana - The Sevenfold Noble Wealth), the Four Noble Truths (Chathurarya Sathya) and the Eightfold Path (arya ...
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Notion of good and bad in Buddhism

if I understand correctly, Buddhism is opposed to dualistic concepts: Us vs. them, beautiful vs. ugly, pain vs. pleasure. We should rather realise the emptiness of those constructs in order to see the ...
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Do Buddhist monks live an ascetic life style?

Please note that my understanding of Buddhist principles may be very much influenced by popular depictions. I have read that the eight-fold path teaches that you should strike a balance between ...
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Can someone explain “Noble Eightfold Path” in depth?

This is the common answer: Right view, Right intention, Right speech, Right action, Right livelihood, Right effort, Right mindfulness, Right concentration, But what is e.g. the Right view? How ...
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What's the canonical definition of end of the buddha sāsana?

I was under the impression that the end of buddha sāsana occurs when noble eight-fold path(and the dhamma practitioners) disappear form all the realms including Śuddhāvāsa where only anāgāmins live. ...
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Choosing between wrong actions

Recently I found myself having a conversation about having to choose between wrong actions. It begun with the following scenario: While walking through the forest a rabbit passes by your side, and ...
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What is idle chatter?

In AN 10.176 idle chatter is defined as He speaks in season, speaks what is factual, what is in accordance with the goal, the Dhamma, & the Vinaya. He speaks words worth treasuring, ...
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How should i understand “Stored up kamma”?

I'm reading the book "The Noble Eightfold Path" by Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi. I'm currently reading about "Right View" and i have a question regarding an explanation by the author. The quote can be found on ...
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How does one develop right view in the space of multiple views?

There is the story of the blind men and the elephant and each of the men had varying views of the elephant. Since none of them had the ability to have a complete view, they had differing right views. ...
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How do you develop the right view with lack of information, knowledge and time?

One of the tenets of the eight fold path is developing right view which in my opinion can be subjective based on variables or factors such as your upbringing, exposure, experience and like. How does ...
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Question on Dhammapada 124

That is a question that emerged from a previous discussion, but here I would like to focus on this story. From the background story: "Venerable Sir, is the wife of the hunter who is a sotapanna, ...
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Is working for a big corporation invariably wrong livelihood?

That can be a very complicated point. Almost every work for a big corporation could be (potentially) seen as wrong livelihood! Hard to find a big corporation that works with good products, ethical ...
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Can the noble eightfold path be followed in its entirety by a lay follower?

Does the noble eightfold path fits a lay life perfectly? Or is there any part of it that cannot be followed/accomplished by a lay buddhist? If that's the case, what part(s) doesn't have fit with lay ...