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Re: Practicing the Eightfold Path
« Reply #30 on: August 02, 2018, 01:27:55 am »
What then is the practice?  The best I can come up with is my meditation practice.  It worked for the Buddha.

There is a 3-fold version of the 8-fold path, which is morality, meditation and wisdom.  Meditation is usually described in terms of samatha ( calm ) and vipassana ( insight ).

Yes, although following calm, you can use mindfulness in meditation (and in everyday life) to help develop morality and wisdom

Yes, mindfulness is a key component of the path.  I work with the four frames of satipatthana regularly, this basically involves paying attention to different aspects of experience, trying to really notice how and why things happen.  My most productive times are off the cushion rather than on it.
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Re: Practicing the Eightfold Path
« Reply #31 on: August 02, 2018, 01:29:17 am »
What then is the practice?  The best I can come up with is my meditation practice.  It worked for the Buddha.

There is a 3-fold version of the 8-fold path, which is morality, meditation and wisdom.  Meditation is usually described in terms of samatha ( calm ) and vipassana ( insight ).

Yes, although following calm, you can use mindfulness in meditation (and in everyday life) to help develop morality and wisdom

Or you can meditate and let the fruit of that practice manifest as the Path

You can, but IMO practice is best approached as something you do all the time, rather than just when you're sitting on a cushion.
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Re: Practicing the Eightfold Path
« Reply #32 on: August 02, 2018, 02:21:24 am »
One of my main interests is looking at meditation as part of our basic human nature, something we have been able to do since the first people evolved, maybe before Homo Sapiens. The only difference with Buddhist meditation is context and how it relates to everyday life.
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Re: Practicing the Eightfold Path
« Reply #33 on: August 02, 2018, 05:36:46 am »

You can, but IMO practice is best approached as something you do all the time, rather than just when you're sitting on a cushion.

Quite right, but ideally, meditation doesn't end with the gong, so to speak.

I've found that as time goes on, and my practice grows, the more in tune with the N8FP I become.  I don't make an active effort to attain "right" speech, but I do find that my speech is "righter" than it used to be.

 


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