The Noble Eightfold Path
I. Right Understanding: Samma Ditthi
*The understanding of things as they are.
*The understanding of the Four Noble Truths.
II. Right Thought: Samma Sankappa
*Denotes the thoughts of selfless renunciation or detachment, thoughts of love, and thoughts of non-violence which are extended to all beings.
III. Right Speech: Samma Vaca
- telling lies
- backbiting and slander
- talk that may bring about hatred, enmity, disunity, and disharmony among individuals or groups of people from harsh, rude, impolite, malicious, and abusive language
- from idle, useless, and foolish babble and gossip
IV. Right Action: Samma Kammanta
*Helping others lead a peaceful and honorable life in the right way.
- destroying life
- dishonest dealings
- illegitimate sexual intercourse
V. Right Livelihood: Samma Ajiva
*Abstention from making one's living through a profession that brings harm to others. One should live by a profession which is honorable, blameless, and innocent of harm to others.
Samadhi: Mental Discipline
VI. Right Effort: Samma Vayama
*Prevent evil and unwholesome states of mind from arising.
*Get rid of such evil and unwholesome states that have already arisen.
*Produce, cause to arise, good and wholesome states of mind not yet arisen.
*Develop and bring to perfection the good and wholesome states of mind already present.
VII. Right Mindfulness: Samma Sati
*To be diligently aware, mindful, and attentive with regards to:
- the activities of the body
- sensations or feelings
- the activities of the mind
- ideas, thoughts, conceptions and things
VIII. Right Concentration: Samma Samadhi
*Deep concentration that leads to a higher stage of consciousness through meditation.