Simple Core Path of Buddha
- Stop alcohol, caffeine, drugs and smoking (anything causing heedlessness)
- Stop killing
- Stop stealing
- Stop speech which is false, divisive, harsh or idle
- Stop sexual misconduct
- Stop coveting and wanting things
- Stop ill will and unkind action - do goodwill and kindness
Examine discontentment and its causes well. In all situations where discontentment arises - ask what is the cause? Learn them so they can be easily abandoned.
The Three Universal Truths / Laws
- no self
The Four Noble Truths
- The cause of discontentment
- The end of discontentment
- The path to the end of discontentment
The path (The eightfold path)
- Right understanding: knowledge of the true nature of life; understanding the Four Noble Truths.
- Right intention (right motivation): renunciation, kindness and gentleness. Letting go of: sensuality, ill-will, and aggression.
- Right speech: abstinence from falsehood, slander, harsh speech, and useless words.
- Right action: abstinence from killing, stealing, and sexual misconduct.
- Right livelihood: avoiding any means of livelihood that involves harm or exploitation of others.
- Right endeavour (right restraint): Do not fight the monster - use loving kindness, do not have strong eagerness (not effort), let go of the will, training the mind to avoid unwholesome mental states and to develop wholesome mental states.
- Right mindfulness: developing the power of attentiveness and awareness in regard to the “four foundations of mindfulness” — body, feelings, mind, and mental phenomena.
- Right concentration (right stillness): cultivation of one-pointedness of mind.
- Volitional Formations
- Mind, name and form
- Sense bases
- Old Age and Death
- Meditation: 2 to 3 times a day for 30 minutes or more
- Singleness of mind: Keeping the mind on one thing at a time (instead of rapidly cycling). Restrain the mind, renounce the desire, let go of the craving.
The world says that the best things are:
This things will change on you. To get those things one ends up doing unskillful things.
Four preliminary practices of:
- keeping the precepts
- guarding the senses
- maintaining mindfulness
being content with little are practices that you need to make the four cornerstones of your basic way of life
- Buddhism Today: Basic Teaching
- Excerpt From: Leigh Brasington. “Right Concentration.” iBooks.