Friday, October 16, 2009

Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta

The Tathagata (aka Perfect One) realizes the middle way, eschewing both extremes.

This "crystallizes the Buddha's Nirvana-bound [Noble Eightfold] Path of moderation away from the extremes of sensual indulgence and self-mortification and toward the practice of wisdom, morality and mental cultivation." (Thanks Wikipedia).

Guess The Perfect One doesn't live 'round here. Or at least I can't find him on the TeeVee anywhere.

I wonder where he might be. Where the heck's that path, anyway? Is that off A1A somewhere? Nah. More likely PCH. Here's what Google Karma Maps says:

Follow Signs to "Wisdom":
1. Right view

  • Law of Karma
  • Three Characteristics (nothing is permanent; we are not permanent; we are
    not much of anything at all)
  • Suffering (specifically, how to get rid of it)
  • 2. Right intention

  • The exertion of our own will to change
  • Take a Right at "Ethical Conduct":

    3. Right speech
  • Abstain from lying, from divisive speech, from abusive speech, and from idle chatter
  • 4. Right action
  • Don't act in ways that would be corrupt or bring harm to oneself or to others
  • 5. Right livelihood
  • Don't engage in trades or occupations which, either directly or indirectly, result in harm for other living beings ... (I choose to practice the Middle Way on this one ... some yellowtail and a good rib eye every now and then give me moderation and balance and harmony or whatever ... veggies are people, too, you know)
  • Keep Straight onto "Concentration":
    6. Right effort
  • Always foster what would be good and useful to ones self and others in one's thoughts, words, and deeds, without a thought for the difficulty or weariness involved
  • 7. Right mindfulness
  • Constantly be alert to phenomena that affect the body and mind. Be mindful and deliberate, making sure not to act or speak due to inattention or forgetfulness
  • 8. Right concentration
  • Reach full concentration and meditative absorption. Cut off all defilements and reach self-awakening. During the practice of right concentration, one must investigate and verify their right view. In the process, right knowledge will arise, followed by right liberation.
  • What's that got to do with this blog?

    Pretty much everything.

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