Basics of Buddhism: The Noble Eightfold Path (Step Eight)

April 26, 2021   |   17 Comments

Audio-only version is here.
Meditation practice begins at 9:07.

Dear Open Heart Project,

Welcome to the 8th video in our 8 video series! In this series, we have already discussed Right View, Right Intention, Right Speech, Right Action, Right Livelihood, Right Effort and Right Concentration. Let me say right up front that I messed up the sequence. Right Concentration is actually the 8th step but it was covered last time. This week, I offer some insights into step seven, Right Mindfulness. Apologies for reversing the order of the last two!

I have so enjoyed being in this exploration with you. I hope you have found it beneficial. What is next?! I have a few ideas so if you’ve been enjoying these communications, hang tight and I’ll be back at you in two weeks with some new material to consider.

I’d love to hear how this all landed with you. Please feel free to leave thoughts, feedback, ideas, insights in chat. It would be most appreciated.

Love, Susan

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  • Posted by:  Dr Suresh Kumar Agarwal

    It’s a very timely service and contribution to the society at large. I express my deep gratitude and thankfulness to the team of Open Heart Project . GREETINGS FROM THE CITY OF JOY KOLKATA INDIA.

    • Posted by:  Pamela Sauer

      Susan, these have been amazing and helpful to everyday living and trying to understand Budhism. So appreciated and I hope there are others. With Sincere Gratefulness and Love,
      Pamela S.

      • Posted by:  Susan Piver

        So happy these have been helpful, Pamela. There will be others! With love right back to you, Susan

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      Greetings to you and I hope you are safe and well!

  • Posted by:  Kiesha Battles

    I love your outfit today, beautiful and grounding.

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      Thank you, Kiesha! It felt special to wrap up this 8 video series and I wanted to honor the moment. Wiht love, Susan

  • Posted by:  Valerie Ward

    Dear Susan
    The last 16 weeks have help to ground me during
    A recent breakup . I am most grateful for your experience and guidance in the study of Buddhism
    And the Noble Eight Fold Path. I look forward to
    Learning more as the year goes on.
    Many Thanks

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      Valerie, I’m so glad we could spend some time together at this particular time. I send you so much love. Also, I wrote a book about heartbreak, “The Wisdom of a Broken Heart.” I mention in case it might be useful.

      If you need this reminder, your heart is indestructible…

      With much love, Susan

  • Posted by:  Alison

    Hi Susan, Thank you for sharing your wisdom so generously. Each time I hear you talk, I learn something new. May you be happy, healthy and love life with great ease.
    Also you look smashing in that red dress🌺

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      Alison, thank you! Your kind wishes are so appreciated. And yay for the red dress!! With love, Susan

  • Posted by:  Virginia Mitchell

    Thank you, Susan. I have been “away” for a while and it feels comforting to reconnect. Over the past few years you have unknowingly helped me through the painful ending of a 40 year marriage. But in that time I have also been blessed with 4 grandchildren who bring me great joy.
    I send you love and good wishes,

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      Virginia, it is so wonderful to practice together throughout all the ups and downs. I’m very grateful for our relationship–and happy to hear you have joy from your grandchildren. With much love, Susan

  • Posted by:  Jan

    Thank you for your guidance & wisdom to my journey…so personal in your delivery & compassion! I appreciate you🌟

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      How lovely to read these words, Jan. I appreciate you, too. With love, Susan

  • Posted by:  Farid

    Hi Susan
    Thank you so much for the teaching, as always it is very helpful and practical .
    As “being friend with ourselves” is very important notion in these teaching and it is very difficult for most o f us to be in that way, please guide us and show us what is the right way of being friend with ourselves.
    With much apprection and respect,

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      Farid, hello. Yes, it can be difficult to be friends with ourselves. The intention to try is an important beginning. Then, as we do in meditation, simply stay with your experience with gentleness. When you are able to be kind to yourself, appreciate that. When you are unable, hold that experience with kindness too. Hope that is useful! Warmly, Susan

      • Posted by:  Farid

        Thank you Susan, that is useful and I hope you give us a series of teaching session about future ,

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