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The Teachings of the Buddha for a life of Peace and Happiness.

The Noble 8 Fold Path of proper:
Understanding
Intention
Speech
Action
Livelihood
Effort
Mindfulness
Samadhi (concentration and oneness with your surroundings)

8 Worldly conditions:
Profit & Loss
Success & Failure
Praise & Blame
Pleasure & Pain

3 Fold Training:
Morality
Samadhi
Wisdom

5 Aggregates of a human being:
Material form
Feelings
Perceptions
Mental formations & thoughts
Consciousness

5 Hindrances:
Sense Desire
Anger
Boredom/apathy
Restlessness & Worry
Doubt

3 Characteristics of existence:
Impermanence
Suffering
Not (The true) self

4 Foundations of awareness:
Body
Feelings
Mental states
The Dharma (Universal laws of spiritual existence that one lives by)

5 Precepts:
Not killing
Not stealing
Not engaging in sexual harm
Not lying
Not heedlessly engaging in alcohol & drugs

4 absorptions:
Inner happiness
Sublime joy
Equanimity
Neither pleasure nor pain
4 formless realms (samadhis)

 

The 8 Fold Path:

Proper Understanding, which means:
Understanding who oneself truly is, and
Having ones knowledge based on science rather than blind faith
Proper Thoughts, which will purify the mind, and are primarily:
Thoughts of renunciation
Thoughts of pure intentions (opposed to ill will)
Proper Speech, which refrains from:
Untruthfulness and falsehoods
Slander
Dissolute words
Frivolous talks
Proper Actions
Which refrains from:
Killing
Stealing
Improper sexual conduct
And requires:
Self control
Virtuous and honorable acts towards ones surroundings
Proper livelihood, or earning ones living in the right way, avoiding:
Trade in deadly weapons
Trade in animals for slaughter
Trade in slavery
Trade in toxins or poisons
Corrupt trades and businesses
Proper efforts – Effort is needed to cultivate the purity one seeks and develop oneself, because one will often be distracted or tempted to do counterproductive, easier things, so attaining nirvana depends upon ones efforts, as is the root of all achievement.  And the practice of this effort is four fold:
Endeavoring to discard evil that has already arisen
Endeavoring to prevent new evil from arising
Endeavoring to develop the good which has already arisen
Endeavoring to promote new good to arise
Proper mindfulness, or being aware, which is also four fold:
Mindfulness in regards to the body
Mindfulness in regards to the emotions
Mindfulness in regards to the mind
Mindfulness in regards to Objects
Proper meditation, which is required for developing the self, both mind and spirit, and attaining enlightenment and nirvana, and this means:
Practicing meditation devotedly
Practicing and training the mind in concentration
Using this concentration to achieve Samadhi (oneness with everything)

 

For more information on how a more spiritual lifestyle can enhance your state of being and help you to self actualize be sure to take my Law of Attraction workshops and stay tune for the opening of my spiritual division in 2014!

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