At a higher level the 8 fold path consists of 3 fold training:
Development of morality
Development of control or mastery over the mined
Development of knowledge of the reality pertaining to one's mind and cognitive process
There is nothing in the above which a lay person cannot develop or not reap benefits by developing.
Being a monk you have less ...
I started to read a book, The Buddha's Teachings on Prosperity written by Bhikkhu Basnagoda Rahula.
This book says:
The Buddha recognizes and admires happiness
The Buddha wants laypeople (lay society) to be happy, prosperous, ethical
The Buddha says that worldly happiness (sensory satisfaction) and the happiness of renunciation (giving up sensory ...
There is the:
8 Fold Path is the practice up to Sotapanna, and
10 Fold Path for full enlightenment
The Noble 8 Fold Path is the practice up to Sotapanna.
Source: Maha Cattarīsaka Sutta intorduction
To go beyond Sotapanna one must add 2 more elements under liberation/release which are:
Maha Cattarīsaka Sutta
In a short piece called Right Speech by Thanissaro Bhikkhu he defines idle chatter as that "spoken with no purposeful intent at all". and he stresses the important of intention in speaking.
Right speech, explained in negative terms, means avoiding four types of harmful speech: lies (words spoken with the intent of misrepresenting the truth); ...
Meditation and the Noble Eightfold Path is necessary for Buddhist enlightenment but it is not a compulsory practise for Buddhist lay people (non-monks). The Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta) says:
There are these two extremes that are not to be indulged in by one who has gone forth [from the household life]. Which two? That which is
devoted to sensual ...
The whole of the Noble Path can be summarized as the action, speech, effort, intent etc. coming from the two kinds of thoughts as explained in MN 19:
Bhikkhus, before my enlightenment, while I was still only an unenlightened Bodhisatta, it occurred to me: ‘Suppose that I divide my thoughts into two classes [-- useful and harmful].
As I abided thus, ...
When Gautama left his family to become an ascetic or śramaṇa, he joined many other ascetics or wanderers who were separate from the Vedic-Brahmanism religion.
However, when Gautama left his family to become an ascetic, his goal was not political. The Pali scriptures describe when Gautama lived the life of a prince in his palaces, he was very unhappy & ...
Samma Sankappa (right thinking) is the result of right view (Samma Ditthi).
If you have the wrong view your thinking will be wrong thinking. (Mittcha Sankappa)
Generally, right view is the forerunner for the rest of the Noble Eightfold Path.
For example seeing things as impermanent is the right view and seeing things as permanent is the wrong view. With the ...
It leads to non-regret,
one who has non-regret gets serene
one who gets serene gets concentrated
So it acts as foundation for concentration, meditative methods use and further develope that same concentration faculty which in turn supports developement of discernment and wisdom.
AN 10.2 & AN 11.2
Picking cherries is not a wrong livelihood as long as you are not the one spraying the pesticides.
Spraying pesticides is a wrong livelihood as it harms others (by doing activities which do not fall under right action to earn a living). Generally, distancing yourself from this activity would be fine as long as you can say free from remorse. If you are not ...
A simple question.
A simple answer:
Of course it can!
It's as simple as this:
Right view: see the 3 characteristics and 6 realms
Right intention: take the 4 vows of universal salvation as a Buddha
Right action: ahimsa, non-stealing, no sexual misconduct, no intoxication
Right speech: avoid idle, harmful, unskillful speech
Right livelihood: have a good ...
The original Buddhist teachings do not include a doctrine of non-duality. The Buddha's enlightenment came from ending craving & attachment rather than from ending dualistic perceptions & thoughts.
Understanding good & bad for moral/social purposes is one kind of knowledge.
Seeing & understanding the true nature of reality for liberation is ...
Right view is the leader ('forerunner') of the path.
When you realize idle chatter leads to more dukkha, this is right view leading your speech.
When the mind maintains right speech in communication, this is right mindfulness.
In actually practising the path, right view & right mindfulness work together, as described below:
Of those, right view is the ...
It is actually a nice realization, to see oneself like you did. I remember when I got mine, I was about 20 - and I was shocked to realize all my re-actions were motivated by desire to make myself look better in others' eyes. This means you are getting mature.
This is normal, especially when we are young(er). It is well known that small children are often ...
This book I quote sometimes for guidance on modern-day lay life, The Buddha's Teachings on Prosperity, says "avoid senseless talk" (the Pali word for which, whose meaning we should try to understand, is samphappalapa), which it categorizes as follows:
Words spoken at the wrong time (e.g. inappropriate to the occasion)
Words that contain untruth or ...
It's somewhat sloppy language... "stored up potency" doesn't really mean anything; it's a concept, the concept that certain experiences will somehow be related to other experiences. There is nothing in Theravada Buddhism, AFAIK, even hinting at karma being stored up, or of a continuum being imprinted.
So, it should probably be understood as conventional ...
This is my personal favorite. I have had this happen so many times although the victim was my mother who had to do a lot of things and I contributed a bit in a constructive fashion. This seems to be a fairly common case experienced by many hospitable people.
So the deal here is that I would not worry what the noble eight fold path says or whatever. This is ...
The monks are trained to be humble to lessen the stranglehold of ego and the defilments. When the Buddha addresses the monks in the suttas he calls them "Bhikkus" in Pali that means "Beggars" in English. This Isn't derogatory, it's a teaching.
You are not causing suffering to others. They cause their own suffering if they want you to get drunk with them & you refuse. You should always have metta (friendship) towards old friends but this does not mean you engage in unwholesome actions with them.
Also get rid of this condescending attitude you have compassion for your friends and wish to help ...
I think that to ask "Is it possible for a worldling to walk the path?" is similar to asking "Is it possible for a person to become enlightened?"
I think the usual answer to the latter question is that enlightenment isn't personal and that notions of being a person aren't helpful, they're even a hindrance.
But the way the question is phrased -- "people with ...
The forerunner of the path is right view (MN117) and basically this means that you must understand something about Buddhism correctly before starting to practise.
However, the rest of the practice of the Noble Eightfold Path is not sequential. It's rather, iterative.
Here are some metaphors.
When you first learn to drive a car, do you learn how to start ...
My teacher said, the key difference between those Buddhists that only speculate based on the theories they read in books, and those Buddhists that actually know what they are talking about, is meditation.
And what is right action?
Katamo ca, bhikkhave, sammākammanto?
Avoiding killing living creatures, stealing, and sexual activity.
Yā kho, bhikkhave, pāṇātipātā veramaṇī, adinnādānā veramaṇī, abrahmacariyā veramaṇī—