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.
About the author
Bhikkhu Bodhi, is the translator of The Comprehensive Manual of Abhidhamma, Connected Discourses of the Buddha, and several works on Theravada Buddhism. He was the editor of the Buddhist Publication Society from 1984 to 2000 and has served as its president since 1988. He is also chairman of the Yin Shun Foundation. He resides at the Bodhi Monastery in Lafayette, New Jersey.
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