- The Buddha chose the symbol of an eight-spoked wheel to represent the path to Nirvana
- The center of the wheel represents Nirvana, the only fixed point
- Just like the spokes are needed to let the wheel turn, Buddhists need to follow each step of the path to reach Nirvana
- Each path is used not individually, but together, as a way of life
1. Right View
- We need to understand the 4 Noble Truths to use as guide for life
2. Right Thought
- The mind must be freed from sensual desire, ill-will, and cruelty
- We are what we think, so focus on good thoughts
3. Right Speech
- By using right speech, we will be trusted and respected
- No lying, harsh language, unjust criticism, or gossiping
4. Right Conduct
- You are judged by your actions
- The 5 Precepts – no killing or harming living beings, no stealing, no improper sexual conduct, no lies, no alcohol or drugs
5. Right Livelihood
- Earn a living that does not cause harm to living things
6. Right Effort
- Conquer all evil thoughts and strive to have good thoughts
- Do your best at all times and have goodwill to others
7. Right Mindfulness
- You must recognise what is important and not let yourself get distracted by un wholesome acts or thoughts
- Full attention must be paid to proper thoughts, words and deeds
8. Right Concentration
- Focus the mind on only one object or thought at a time
- This concentration leads to true peace of mind and tranquility, and eventually to enlightenment though deep meditation
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