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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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Re: Practicing the Eightfold Path
« Reply #34 on: February 23, 2019, 09:02:56 pm »
By trying, and persisting in keeping on trying.

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Re: Practicing the Eightfold Path
« Reply #35 on: February 24, 2019, 09:05:14 pm »
The idea of the path requiring three elements to progress i.e. Study, contemplation, and meditation hints at a combined approach. My efforts to follow the Nobel 8 Fold Path as a conscious "obeying of rules"or stipulations, didn't work so well, but the combination of the above 3 elements of practice which encourage a broadening of understanding which becomes embedded as the practice continues has meant that the Nobel Eightfold Path  becomes a part of life naturally, without the need to follow it specifically. In other words it is wisdom that puts us on the right track rather than a discipline holding in check the rampant forces of Mara.

 There is a story (I might've related here before) of the "Precepts Sect" who upon attending a large gathering of Zen monks made some great show of their "holiness" due to their keeping all the precepts, but were roundly castigated for their failings in needing so many rules to keep them in line. The relevant point being that fully rounded practice will accomplish the end whereas the simple following of precepts may leave one as self centred and arrogant as if one didn't.

Following the path means developing one's mind to fulfil the description of "the path" through wisdom.
It probably means a whole lot of other things as well but .....

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