Basics of Buddhism: The Noble Eightfold Path (Step Three)February 15, 2021 | 14 Comments
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Meditation practice begins at 22:38
Dear Open Heart Project,
Hello and I hope you’re well and finding love, insight, and courage in your life and in your mind. These three qualities, aka compassion, wisdom, and power, are said to be the three qualities of the awakened mind.
How do we realize such wakefulness?
There is actually a recipe. Trust me, it is not my recipe! It is actually 2500+ years old and just as fresh as the day it was cooked up. Millions and millions of people have tested it. Some even became Buddhas themselves.
The Noble Eightfold Path lays out the eight steps we can all take to become liberated from suffering and truly wake up. Today, we look at the third step, Right Speech. The first two were covered recently, Right View and Right Intention. Over the next 5 videos, we will explore Right Action, Right Livelihood, Right Effort, Right Concentration, and Right Wisdom. It is truly a delight to share my thoughts with you on these most powerful teachings.
THAT SAID. While the eightfold path is powerful beyond description, it is not enough to simply read about it. It is not even enough to try to put the steps into play. What makes it all come together is the practice of meditation. Far more than a stress-reduction technique or self-improvement tactic, meditation actually dissolves the boundary between your conventional mind and your wisdom mind. It seems to do so in a very odd way. The less you try and the more you relax while applying the meditation technique, the more clearly you see your natural brilliance. You notice that you are actually waking up. Don’t take my word for this! Or anything! Try it yourself and see. Each video in this series concludes with a guided 10-minute breath-awareness meditation. Feel free to return to this instruction as often as you like.
Please don’t hesitate to let me hear your thoughts, questions, ideas. I always love to hear from you.
PS. If you’d like to study and practice together more frequently, please consider joining the Open Heart Project Sangha. There are daily meditations, weekly live gatherings, monthly guest teachers, special events, and so much more, all included in memberships. Here are two special events coming up soon.
Meditation and Creativity Retreat Day (with me) this Saturday, February 20th.
Meditation Posture Workshop (with the wonderful yoga teacher, Michele Sapanaro) on Sunday, March 21st.