- Taschenbuch: 133 Seiten
- Verlag: Pariyatti Pub (1. April 2006)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 192870607X
- ISBN-13: 978-1928706076
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 11,4 x 1 x 19,7 cm
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The Noble Eightfold Path: Way to the End of Suffering (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. April 2006
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"Unbiased, eminently readable, and most importantly, gives many insightful and pragmatic hints to both the neophyte and experienced follower." Amaro Bhikkhu, author, "Silent Rain
This book offers a clear, concise account of the Eightfold Path prescribed to uproot and eliminate the deep underlying cause of suffering-ignorance. Each step of the path is believed to cultivate wisdom through mental training, and includes an enlightened and peaceful middle path that avoids extremes. The theoretical as well as practical angles of each of the paths - right view, right intention, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and right concentration - are illustrated through examples from contemporary life. The work's final chapter addresses the Buddhist path and its culmination in enlightenment.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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Buddhism is, after all, a prescription for conducting one's life in a way that leads to harmlessness (ahimsa), happiness, awareness (samadhi), and understanding (panna), and the foundation of the whole teaching is right behavior (sila). The nature of Buddhist discipline is experiential, not intellectual, and the goal of practice, nibbana, can be reached just as well by the illiterate as by the scholarly. In fact, it may be that the illiterate have an advantage in one respect, being less likely to get caught up in their conceits and the pride of their minds (see Romans 12:16). Knowledge is important, but it is also important to recognize how easily one can lose track of the Middle Way in a maelstrom of words. It know it seems odd to refer to Judeo-Christian scriptures in a review of a Buddhist text, and I hope to be forgiven for it if that is perceived wrongly, but truth is where you find it, and I can think of no more eloquent way of expressing the caution I have in mind than this: "For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow (Eccl 1:18)." It is not necessary to memorize the ethical principles of Buddhism from some book or exegetical commentary because human beings, for the most part, have an innate ability to recognize what is skillful and what is not ((Genesis 3:5). It is through their words and conceptual convolutions that humans become confused and lost. Maybe that explains what happened to Sangharakshita. I don't know anyone that hasn't gone down that path, or one similar to it, at one time or another. Mindfulness is the cure.
Personally, I believe this is the best of Bikkhu Bodhi's writings. It is clear, concise, and complete, and I thank him for it. What remains to be done is practice with hope and faith that one lifetime is sufficient.
It seems a little expensive for it's volume, but worth every penny. (I would have willingly paid three times more if I'd known the content is this good^<)
p.s. there's this great website with excellent courses taught by this author (free mp3 download) http://bodhimonastery.org/religion/audios