The Eight-Fold Way: Feeding the Spirit

In this final post of this series, we come to the final step of the Eight-Fold Way: True Composure or, as I like to think of it, feeding the spirit. This step traditionally is associated with concentration, meditation, absorption or one-pointedness of mind. The original term, “samadhi,” literally means to […]
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The Eight-Fold Way: Body and Mind

So far I’ve discussed the questions I associate with True Awareness, True Understanding, True Speech, True Action, and True Vocation. In this post I want to talk about True Effort and True Mindfulness. Traditionally, true effort—also called right effort or diligence—is consciously directing our life energy to the transformative path of creative […]
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The Eight-Fold Way: Understanding and Truth

In the last post, I talked about the fact that I have come to associate questions with each of the terms of The Eight-Fold Way and I briefly discussed the first. Today I want to focus on the second and third terms: True Understanding and True Speech. Traditionally, true understanding—also […]
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The Eight-Fold Way: Paying Attention

Buddhists like to count things: the four noble truths, the eight-fold way, the ten precepts, and many, many more. It all sounds very precise when you first encounter it and, boy, would you be wrong about that. One way or another, however, all of these countless ideas, concepts, admonitions, suggestions—whatever […]
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