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the eightfold path of the ariya
ariya atthangika magga

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eight virtues

 

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to each the term sama is applied

 

(like right

 

upright

 

like one who stands

 

who holds himself erect as opposed to those who are driven

 

like in primordial symbolism I belongs to virility and fire

 

as opposed to the horizontal plane

 

corresponds to feminine elements or waters)

 

are the duties to oneself that the reawakened interior sensibility brings to light

 

rightness as internal mode

 

a capacity for standing fast at all times without deviating or wavering

 

by eliminating every trace of tortuousness

 

the virtues

 

once put into practice

 

they encourage

 

strengthen and establish a state of calm

 

of transparency of mind and of spirit

 

of balance and of justice

 

by which every other discipline or technique is made easier

 

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right vision

 

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the four truths

 

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dukka

 

- state of pain

 

agitation

 

restlessness

 

commotion

 

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tanha

 

- deal with samudaya

 

(origin)

 

craving

 

thirst

 

nourishes and maintains this experience of ours

 

which manifests itself as dukka

 

all is in flames

 

burning with the fire of desire

 

aversion

 

delusion

 

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nirodha

 

- the possibility of destruction

 

of the state generated through the twelve nidana

 

and marked by dukka

 

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magga

 

- the methods to be followed to achieve the destruction of dukka

 

and leads up to the achievement of awakening

 

and illumination

 

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right intention

 

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sammasankappo

 

determination of one who opposes the flux

 

who proceeds on the upward path

 

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right speech

 

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inflexible sincerity

 

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right conduct

 

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not taking what is not given

 

not killing intentionally

 

abstinence from lust

 

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right life

 

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blameless means

 

sober

 

and avoids pampering

 

extravagance

 

and luxury

 

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right effort

 

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four just endeavors

 

summon the will

 

arm the spirit

 

bravely struggle

 

fight

 

do battle

 

to prevent bad

 

not good things

 

yet unarisen from arising

 

to repel them if they have arisen

 

to encourage the arising of good things as yet unarisen

 

to make them endure

 

increase

 

unfold

 

develop

 

and become perfect

 

when they have arisen

 

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right meditation

 

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samasati

 

- perpetual clear consciousness

 

continual practice of mindfulness of oneself

 

(bojianga)

 

and of self-awareness

 

(satipattana)

 

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right contemplation

 

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samadhi

 

the four jhana

 

to the limit of conditioned consciousness

 

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a painful feeling that arises

 

binds the mind through the impotence of the mind

 

here one must act directly on the mind

 

a pleasant feeling that arises in the body

 

binds the mind through the impotence of the body

 

here one must intervene and bar the way leading from the body

 

not in the sense of excluding the pleasant feeling

 

but of preventing it from binding one

 

and carrying one away

 

strengthens interior balance

 

and this way one begins to gain power

 

over both the body and the mind

 

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when confidence is tied to vision and vision to confidence

 

when the will is joined to concentration and concentration to the will

 

the balance of the forces can be considered as achieved

 

self-awareness

 

(sati)

 

is however essential always

 

it must always be energetically cultivated

 

the discipline called satipattanha aims at this in particular

 



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