The Noble Eightfold Path offers a comprehensive practical guide to the development of those wholesome qualities and skills in the human heart that must be cultivated in order to bring the practitioner to the final goal, the supreme freedom and happiness of Nibbana.
The Fourth Noble Truth shows the Way leading to the Cessation of Dukka or suffering.This is also known as the ‘Middle Path’ because it avoids both extremes: one extreme being the search for happiness through pleasures of the senses, which is ‘low, common, not beneficial and way of the ordinary people’ and the other being forms of asceticism, which is ‘painful, unworthy and not beneficial.Having himself tried both extremes and having found them to be useless, the Buddha discovered through personal experience the Middle Path, ‘which gives vision and knowledge, which leads to Calm, Insight, Enlightenment, Nirvana. This Middle Path is generally referred to as the Noble Eightfold Path because it is composed of eight factors: Right view, Right Intention, Right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness and right concentration.This discussion of the Noble Eightfold Path brings us to the second major aspect of the Buddha’s teaching, the Path of Practice.
Because suffering originates from craving, the purpose of treading the Buddhist path is to eliminate craving. This is not a forceful, ascetic regimen of repression and self-affliction, but a wholesome, hygienic training that gradually transforms one’s conduct, mental attitudes, and understanding – in short, the subjective quality of one’s entire life. The Noble Eightfold Path is sometimes divided into three basic divisions, as follows:Wisdom"Wisdom" (Prajñā / Paññā), sometimes translated as "discernment" or understanding at its preparatory role, provides the sense of direction with its conceptual understanding of reality. It is designed to awaken the faculty of penetrative understanding to see things as they really are. At a later stage, when the mind has been refined by training in moral discipline and concentration, and with the gradual arising of right knowledge, it will arrive at a superior right view and right intention.Morality or Ethical Conduct - For the mind to be unified in concentration, it is necessary to refrain from unwholesome deeds of body and speech to prevent the faculties of bodily action and speech from becoming tools of the defilements. Ethical conduct (Śīla / Sīla) is used primarily to facilitate mental purification.Meditation or Samādhi: mental discipline or concentrationSamadhi is literally translated as "concentration", it is achieved through training in the higher consciousness, which brings the calm and collectedness needed to develop true wisdom by direct experience by observing Right Effort, Right Mindfulness and Right Concentration.
Factor 1 of the path is Right View, which can also be translated as right perspective, right outlook or right understanding.The Buddha places this factor at the head of the path because in order to take up the practice of the Dhamma we must begin with a clear conceptual understanding of where we stand and where we are heading.This is like traveling from one city to another. If you want to drive from A to B, you must know the general direction of B and the roads that lead you to B. If you simply get in the car and drive in any direction you want, it is doubtful you will reach your destination. Far more likely, you will just get lost.Thus we begin the great journey towards enlightenment with right view. Right View has two levels, both of which are critical to following Buddha’s path to its end. The first is to understand the law of karma and its fruits. This means recognizing that we are responsible for our intentional actions, that good and bad deeds bring forth consequences that correspond to the ethical nature of those deeds, that our life does not end with death but continues on in other forms in which we reap the fruits of our good and bad deeds. The higher type of right view is understanding the four noble truths themselves. Understanding suffering, its origin, its cessation and the way leading to cessation, which is the Eightfold Path which will need to be developed.
Right view naturally leads to Factor 2 of the path, Right Intention or right purpose.When we understand our existence in correct perspective our understanding modifies our volitional life, and we undergo a change in our purpose and motivation. The Buddha mentions three types of motivation that constitute right intention:The intention of renunciation, the wish to become free from sensuality and selfish desireThe intention of benevolence, the kindly wish for other beings to be well and happy The intention of harmlessness, the compassionate wish that other beings be free from pain and suffering on any living creature.These two factors, Right View and Right Intention are the forerunners of the training or practice, for they give direction to all the other factors to follow. The next three factors 3,4,5, go together as a set because they are all concerned with or ethical behaviouror morality, with correct behaviour.
Factor 3 is Right Speech and that means…When one abstains from these forms of wrong and harmful speech one naturally has to speak the truth, has to use words that are friendly and benevolent, pleasant and gentle, meaningful and useful.One should not speak carelessly, speech should be at the right time and place. If one cannot say something useful, one should keep ‘noble silence’
Factor 4 is Right Action that aims at promoting moral, honorable and peaceful conduct.It admonishes us that we should abstain from taking a life or killing, from stealing and dishonest dealings, from illegitimate sexual conduct.
Factor 5 is Right Livelihood, which the Buddha explains as earning ones’ living by a righteous and honest occupation, one that does not bring harm or affliction to others. The Buddha specifically mentions five trades that lay disciple should avoid:Business in weapons: trading in all kinds of weapons and instruments for killing.Business in human beings: slave trading, prostitution or the buying and selling of children or adults.Business in meat: "meat" refers to the bodies of beings after they are killed. This includes breeding animals for slaughter.Business in intoxicants: manufacturing or selling intoxicating drinks or addictive drugs.Business in poison: producing or trading in any kind of toxic product designed to kill.
Next comes Mental Discipline in meditation, in which are included three other factors of the Eightfold Path, (Factors No 6,7,8 on the list) No 6 is Right Effort - In this factor, the practitioners should make a persisting effort to abandon all the wrong and harmful thoughts, words, and deeds. The practitioner should instead be persisting in giving rise to what would be good and useful to themselves and others in their thoughts, words, and deeds, without a thought for the difficulty or weariness involved.
Right mindfulness , "also translated as "right memory", "right awareness" or "right attention. Here, practitioners should constantly keep their minds alert to phenomena that affect the body and mind. They should be mindful and deliberate, making sure not to act or speak due to inattention or forgetfulness.Right mindfulness is cultivated through a practice called "the four foundations of mindfulness" the mindful contemplation of four objective spheres: the body, feelings, states of mind, and phenomena .Mindfulness is presence of mind, attentiveness or awareness. Yet the kind of awareness involved in mindfulness differs profoundly from the kind of awareness at work in our usual mode of consciousness. All consciousness involves awareness in the sense of a knowing or experiencing of an object. But with the practice of mindfulness awareness is applied at a special pitch. The mind is deliberately kept at the level of bare attention, a detached observation of what is happening within us and around us in the present moment. In the practice of right mindfulness the mind is trained to remain in the present, open, quiet, and alert, contemplating the present event. All judgments and interpretations have to be suspended, or if they occur, just registered and dropped. The task is simply to note whatever comes up just as it is occurring, riding the changes of events in the way a surfer rides the waves on the sea. The whole process is a way of coming back into the present, of standing in the here and now without slipping away, without getting swept away by the tides of distracting thoughts.
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Buddhist Association of Canada<br />Cham Shan Temple<br />加拿大佛教會 湛山精舍 禪修學佛入門 <br />Introduction to <br />Buddhism and Meditation<br />2011/06/25<br />
Buddhist Association of Canada<br />Cham Shan Temple<br />ná mó fó tuó<br />南 無 佛 陀<br />Namo Buddha<br />ná mó dá mó <br />南 無 達 摩<br />Namo Dharma<br />ná mó sēng qié<br />南 無 僧 伽 <br />Namo Sangha<br />
Buddhist Practice and Cultivation in Four Lines<br />1 Take refuge in the Three Treasures of the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha.<br />皈依佛法僧(三寶)<br />2 Earnestly cultivate the Three Perfections of Morality, Calmness, and Wisdom. <br />勤修戒定慧(三學)<br />3 Shed the Three Poisons of Greed, Anger and Delusion.<br />息滅貪瞋癡(三毒)<br />4 Purify the Three Karmas of Action, Speech and Thought.<br />清淨身口意(三業)<br />
How to Practice Loving Kindness Meditation<br />Once you are familiar with Mindfulness of Breathing and are practicing it regularly you can start practicing Loving Kindness Meditation. It should be done at least two times each week after you have done Mindfulness of Breathing. <br />
How to practice loving kindness meditation<br />First, you turn your attention to yourself and say to yourself words like: <br /><ul><li>May I be well and happy.
May my heart be filled with love. </li></li></ul><li>How to practice loving kindness meditation<br />Second, you turn your attention to your love one and say to yourself words like: <br />May my love one be well and happy. <br />May my love one be peaceful and calm. <br />May my love one be protected from dangers.<br />May his/her mind be free from hatred.<br />May his/her heart be filled with love.<br />Repeat these sentences until you feel you are satisfied with them.<br />
How to practice loving kindness meditation<br />Then one by one you think of a loved person, a neutral person, that is, someone you neither like nor dislike, and finally a disliked person, wishing each of them well as you do so. This applies to one direction and then to all directions.<br />
What is the benefit of doing Loving Kindness of meditation?<br />If you do Loving Kindness Meditation regularly and with the sincere attitude:<br />you will find very positive changes taking place within yourself. <br />
What is the benefit of doing Loving Kindness of meditation?<br /><ul><li>You will find that you are able to be more accepting and forgiving towards yourself.
You will find that the feelings you have towards your love one will increase.
You will find yourself making friends with people you used to be indifferent.
You will find the ill-will or resentment you have towards some people will lessen and eventually be dissolved. </li></li></ul><li>What is the benefit of doing Loving Kindness of meditation?<br />If you know of a disliked person who is sick, unhappy or encountering difficulties you can include them in your meditation and very often you will do something later to improve their situation and establish a better relationship with that person.<br />
How is that possible?<br />The mind, when properly developed, is a very powerful instrument. If we can learn to focus our mental energy and project it towards others, it can have an effect upon them and yourself. What has happened is that you have picked up that other person’s mental energy. Loving Kindness Meditation is like this. We project positive mental energy towards others and it gradually transforms them and yourself and develop connection.<br />
Outline<br />1. The history and current situation of the Pure Land <br />2. What is the Pure Land School of Buddhism? <br />3. Why did Sakyamuni Buddha teach the Pure Land Buddhism? <br />4.How to practice the Pure Land Buddhism?<br />
Introduction<br /><ul><li>The goal of all Buddhist practice
Sentient beings are of different spiritual capacities and inclinations
Practice: recitation of Amitabha Buddha's name</li></li></ul><li>Pure Land<br />2. What is the Pure Land School of Buddhism? (cont’)- advantages<br /><ul><li>Easy to practice in almost any environment
Practice: reciting the Buddha-name </li></li></ul><li>Pure Land<br />
námóbōrĕhuìshàngfópúsà(3 times)<br />南無般若會上佛菩薩 (三稱)<br />Blessed be the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas in the Prajna Assembly.<br />bōrĕbōluómìduōxīnjīng<br />般若波羅密多心經<br />PrajnaparamitaHrdaya Sutra (Heart Sutra)<br />
guānzìzàipúsàxíngshēnbōrĕbōluómìduōshí<br />zhàojiànwŭyùnjiēkōng<br />觀自在菩薩 行深般若波羅密多時 <br />照見五蘊皆空<br />The Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara: When coursing in the deep Prajna Paramita, one perceives the five skandhas are sunyata; <br />
sè jí shì kōng kōng jí shì sè shòu xiăng xíng shí yì fù rú shì<br />色即是空 空即是色 受想行識 亦復如是<br />Form is sunyata, and sunyata is form; the same is true for feelings, perceptions, volitions and consciousness.<br />shĕ lì zĭ shì zhū fă kōng xiàng bù shēng bù miè bù gòu bù jìng<br />舍利子 是諸法空相 不生不滅 不垢不淨<br />Sariputra, the characteristics of sunyata of all dharmas are non-arising, non-ceasing, non-defiled, non-pure,<br />
bù zēng bù jiăn shì gù kōng zhōng wú sè wú shòu xiăng xíng shí<br />不增不減 是故空中無色 無受想行識<br />non-increasing, non-decreasing. Therefore, in sunyata there are no forms, no feelings, perceptions, volitions or consciousness.<br />
wú yăn ĕr bí shé shēn yì wú sè shēng xiāng wèi chù fă<br />wú yăn jiè năi zhì wú yì shí jiè<br />無眼耳鼻舌身意 無色聲香味觸法 <br />無眼界 乃至無意識界<br />No eye, ear, nose, tongue, body or mind; no form, sound, smell, taste, touch or mind object; no realm of the eye, until we come to no realm of consciousness.<br />
wú wú míng yì wú wú míng jìn năi zhì wú lăo sĭ yì wú lăo sĭ jìn<br />無無明 亦無無明盡 <br />乃至無老死 亦無老死盡<br />No ignorance and also no ending of ignorance, until we come to no old age and death and no ending of old age and death.<br />
wú kŭ jí miè dào wú zhì yì wú dé yĭ wú suŏ dé gù<br />無苦集滅道 無智亦無得 以無所得故<br />Also, there is no truth of suffering, of the cause of suffering, of the cessation of suffering nor of the Path. There is no wisdom, and there is no attainment whatsoever. <br />
pú tí sà duō yī bō rĕ bō luó mì duō gù xīn wú guà ài<br />菩提薩埵 依般若波羅密多故 心無罣礙<br />Because there is nothing to be attained, the Bodhisattva relying on Prajna Paramita has no obstruction in the mind.<br />wú guà ài gù wú yŏu kŏng bù yuăn lí diān dăo mèng xiăng jiū jìng niè pán<br />無罣礙故 無有恐怖 遠離顛倒夢想 究竟涅槃<br />Because there is no obstruction, one has no fear and passes far beyond all confused imagination and reaches ultimate nirvana.<br />
sān shì zhū fó yī bō rĕ bō luó mì duō gù dé ā nòu duō luó sān miăo sān pú tí<br />三世諸佛 依般若波羅密多故 得阿耨多羅三藐三菩提 <br />The Buddhas of the past, present and future, by relying on Prajna Paramita, have attained anuttara samyak sambodhi.<br />
gù zhī bō rĕ bō luó mì duō shì dà shén zhòu <br />shì dà míng zhòu shì wú shàng zhòu <br />故知般若波羅密多 是大神咒 是大明咒 是無上咒<br />Therefore, the Prajna Paramita is the great spiritual mantra, the great illuminating mantra, the unsurpassed mantra,<br />
shì wú dĕng dĕng zhòu néng chú yī qiè kŭ zhēn shí bù xū <br />是無等等咒 能除一切苦 真實不虛<br />the unequal equal mantra which can truly protect one from all suffering without fail.<br />gù shuō bō rĕ bō luó mì duō zhòu jí shuō zhòu yuē<br />故說般若波羅密多咒 即說咒曰<br />Therefore he chanted the mantra of Prajna Paramita, saying:<br />
Basic Terms<br />10 Chinese schools<br />Life story of the Buddha<br />Buddhist History in India<br />Buddhist History in China<br />
The Ten Schools of Chinese Buddhism:<br />1. Reality School or Kosa School or Abhidharma School.2. Satysiddhi School or Cheng-se School. 3. Three Sastra School or San-lun School.4. The Lotus School or T'ien-t'ai School <br />5. The Garland School or Hua-yen School or Avatamsaka School. 6. Intuitive School or Ch'an School or Dhyana School.7. Discipline School or Lu School or Vinaya School. 8. Esoteric School or Mi School or Mantra School.9. Dharmalaksana School or Wei-Shi School or Fa-siang School.10. Pure-land School or Sukhavati School or Ching-t'u School.<br />中国的佛教共分十宗，分别是：俱舍宗、成实宗、三论宗、天台宗、华严宗、唯识宗、律宗、禅宗、净土宗、密宗。 <br />
The following topics are for the upcoming Saturday Meditation Class:<br />June 25 - Pure Land School by Jimmy Li<br />July 2- (No Class) Celebrate 10th Anniversary of Niagara Falls Stupa Establishment<br />July 9 - Esoteric School by Edward Malek<br />July 16 - Satysiddhi School by WaifunLai<br />July 23 - Chan School by Kitty Cheung<br />July 30 – Reality School by Kevin Loi<br />August 6 – Garland School by Lee McCallum<br /> August 13 – Lotus School by Phyllis Parr<br />