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A Simple Version of the Eightfold Path.

The Buddha left us a set of guidelines for us to follow on the path to be free from suffering. Here is a simple explanation of that set of guidelines.

The Eightfold Path

1. Right Understanding: To keep ourselves free of prejudice and superstition, and to see the true nature of life.

2. Right Thought: To turn our minds away from the violence and hatred in this world and work on focusing on the positive.

3. Right Speech: To refrain from harmful talk and to use our words wisely.

4. Right Action: To see that our deeds come from peace and goodwill. To grow every day in the Buddha’s Teachings.

5. Right Livelihood: To try to earn our living in such a way that we avoid harming ourselves and others.

6. Right Effort: To use our energies to promote the overcoming ignorance and destructive desires.

7. Right Mindfulness: To cherish a good mind and be attentive.

8. Right Concentration: To practice meditation and cultivate awareness.



Daniel is a Zen Teacher in Kansas City. He leads Fountain City Meditation, a floating meditation community. Daniel is affiliated with the Dharma Winds Tradition, where he ordained in 2018. Daniel is a co-owner of the website The Tattooed Buddha and he has a weekly podcast called Scharpening the Mind.

2 thoughts on “A Simple Version of the Eightfold Path.

    1. I used the word ‘right’ because it is the most common translation of the word ‘samma’. I’ve seen it translated as ‘correct’, ‘perfect’, and ‘complete’, as well. I prefer ‘correct’ because ‘right’ does seem to have moral connotations and that isn’t really what we mean with the eightfold path. The word ‘right’ in this instance means ‘correct’.

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