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The Eightfold Path is
one of the Buddha’s
teachings.
He often taught it as a proposal: test it and see if you find it true.
The Eightfold Path
Step
by
Step
Four Noble Truths: The First Noble Truth
1 There is Suffering
Birth
Sickness
Old age
Death
Decay
Unavoidable Suffering
Unavoidable Suffering
Being with people you do not want to be with
Not being with people you want to be with
Having experi...
The Second Noble Truth
2 There is resistance to suffering
Resistance to suffering
is avoidable
The Third Noble Truth
3 There is relief from suffering
The Fourth Noble Truth
4 The path to relief from suffering
is the Eightfold Path
Step One on the Eightfold Path
Wise Understanding
See things as they really are
(clear seeing)
Dependent Origination
How we experience life & where we often get stuck
seeing things differently from what they are
Sense...
Step Two on the Eightfold Path
Wise Intention
Let go of Anger
Let go of Greed
Let go of Ignorance
Step Three on the Eightfold Path
Wise Speech
Speak the truth
Speak with compassion
Give praise
Speak to help and benefit o...
Step Four on the Eightfold Path
Wise Action
Be Compassionate
Give – time, gifts, love…
Protect life
Wise Action & the Five Precepts
Do not kill
Do not take what is not freely given
Do not use sexual behavior in a way that ...
Step Five on the Eightfold Path
Wise Livelihood
Engage in moral work
Do no harm to others
Do no harm to yourself
Wise Livelihood
Do no work involving gambling
Do no work involving prostitution
Do no work involving intoxicants
Do no wor...
Step Six on the Eightfold Path
Wise Effort
Avoid that which will lead to suffering
Encourage that which will lead to happi...
Wise Effort
When troublesome
thoughts come up, ignore
them. It that does not
work, observe them arise,
observe the feeling...
Step Seven on the Eightfold Path
Mindfulness
Be present every moment
Mindfulness
Be present every moment
with everything that is
The Five Hindrances
Ill-will, anger, hatred, bitterness
Desire, greed, wanting, craving
Sloth - slow mind, torpor - sleepi...
Ill-will
Desire
Sloth & torpor
Restlessness
Doubt
Antidotes to the Five Hindrances
Loving kindness, give that person a gif...
Step Eight on the Eightfold Path
Concentration
Be present with all that is
all the time
The 10 Fetters
1. Personality
2. Doubt
3. Attachment to ritual
4. Desire
5. Ill will
6. Desire to go beyond human consciou...
The Four Stages of Enlightenment
1. Destroy any of first 3 fetters
2. Weaken desire or ill will
3. Complete eradication of...
The Eightfold Path
the 7 enlightenment factors
(How you know it’s working)
The 7 Enlightenment Factors
Energy
Joy
Tranquility
Concentration
EquanimityMindfulness
Curiosity
The Eightfold Path
This gives you a starting
point to understanding.
You Happiness
Counts
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  1. 1. The Eightfold Path is one of the Buddha’s teachings. He often taught it as a proposal: test it and see if you find it true.
  2. 2. The Eightfold Path Step by Step
  3. 3. Four Noble Truths: The First Noble Truth 1 There is Suffering
  4. 4. Birth Sickness Old age Death Decay Unavoidable Suffering
  5. 5. Unavoidable Suffering Being with people you do not want to be with Not being with people you want to be with Having experiences you do not want to have Not having experiences you want to have
  6. 6. The Second Noble Truth 2 There is resistance to suffering
  7. 7. Resistance to suffering is avoidable
  8. 8. The Third Noble Truth 3 There is relief from suffering
  9. 9. The Fourth Noble Truth 4 The path to relief from suffering is the Eightfold Path
  10. 10. Step One on the Eightfold Path Wise Understanding See things as they really are (clear seeing)
  11. 11. Dependent Origination How we experience life & where we often get stuck seeing things differently from what they are Senses & sense objects Perceptions Feeling Thinking Consciousness
  12. 12. Step Two on the Eightfold Path Wise Intention Let go of Anger Let go of Greed Let go of Ignorance
  13. 13. Step Three on the Eightfold Path Wise Speech Speak the truth Speak with compassion Give praise Speak to help and benefit others
  14. 14. Step Four on the Eightfold Path Wise Action Be Compassionate Give – time, gifts, love… Protect life
  15. 15. Wise Action & the Five Precepts Do not kill Do not take what is not freely given Do not use sexual behavior in a way that harms Do not engage in harsh, false or idle speech (and no gossip) Do not use intoxicants
  16. 16. Step Five on the Eightfold Path Wise Livelihood Engage in moral work Do no harm to others Do no harm to yourself
  17. 17. Wise Livelihood Do no work involving gambling Do no work involving prostitution Do no work involving intoxicants Do no work involving arms Do no work involving killing, stealing or lying
  18. 18. Step Six on the Eightfold Path Wise Effort Avoid that which will lead to suffering Encourage that which will lead to happiness
  19. 19. Wise Effort When troublesome thoughts come up, ignore them. It that does not work, observe them arise, observe the feelings, thought process and then observe when it fades away. Or change your focus to wholesome thoughts. Practice loving-kindness meditation, focus on the outcome of activities you know will harm you or others, meditate on the unattractive parts of something or someone you lust over, focus on something simple like your breath.
  20. 20. Step Seven on the Eightfold Path Mindfulness Be present every moment
  21. 21. Mindfulness Be present every moment with everything that is
  22. 22. The Five Hindrances Ill-will, anger, hatred, bitterness Desire, greed, wanting, craving Sloth - slow mind, torpor - sleepiness, dullness Restlessness, worry, agitation, crowded thoughts Doubt
  23. 23. Ill-will Desire Sloth & torpor Restlessness Doubt Antidotes to the Five Hindrances Loving kindness, give that person a gift Think about consequences or ugly parts Walk, look at light, up your determination Focus on breath, focus on the thoughts Talk to someone else who practices
  24. 24. Step Eight on the Eightfold Path Concentration Be present with all that is all the time
  25. 25. The 10 Fetters 1. Personality 2. Doubt 3. Attachment to ritual 4. Desire 5. Ill will 6. Desire to go beyond human consciousness 7. Desire to be beyond a material form 8. Conceit 9. Restlessness 10. Ignorance (ignorance is not directly realizing he 4 noble truths)
  26. 26. The Four Stages of Enlightenment 1. Destroy any of first 3 fetters 2. Weaken desire or ill will 3. Complete eradication of desire or ill will 4. Destroy any of last 5 fetters Fruition of 1st state when you destroy all three first fetters Fruition of 2nd state when you weaken both desire and ill will Fruition of 3rd state when you completely eradicate both desire and ill will Fruition of 4th state when you destroy all of the last five fetters.
  27. 27. The Eightfold Path the 7 enlightenment factors (How you know it’s working)
  28. 28. The 7 Enlightenment Factors Energy Joy Tranquility Concentration EquanimityMindfulness Curiosity
  29. 29. The Eightfold Path This gives you a starting point to understanding.
  30. 30. You Happiness Counts happycounts.org
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