The Eight-fold Path – links and readings from 8/4/09

Here are links to the materials presented in the 8/4/09 meeting:

Eight-fold Path summary

Audio talk by Gil Fronsdal: The Eightfold Path – The Way of Harmlessness

Two recommended books on the Eight-fold path:

Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness: Walking the Buddha’s Path
by Bhante Gunaratana

The Buddha’s Eightfold Path to freedom from suffering is skillfully delineated in accessible language with key points highlighted at the end of each chapter.

The Noble Eightfold Path: The Way to the End of Suffering, by Bhikkhu Bodhi (1994; first published in 1984 as WH 308/311; 238k/79pp)
Using simple and clear language, the author presents a concise yet thorough explanation of the Eightfold Path, the practical method the Buddha prescribed to uproot and eliminate the underlying causes of suffering. Basing himself solidly upon the Buddha’s own words, the author examines each factor of the path to determine exactly what it implies in the way of practical training. Finally, in the concluding chapter, he shows how all eight factors of the path function together to bring about the realization of the Buddhist goal: enlightenment and liberation.

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