The Eightfold Path: Concentration and Closing

Concentration is the last element of the Eightfold Path. Practising all of the eight factors of the path pretty much guarantees us a powerful and transformative journey of discovery, growth and change. If we go far enough down this path, it ought to lead to some sort of liberation from suffering and confusion and awakening … Continue reading The Eightfold Path: Concentration and Closing

The Eightfold Path: Right Effort

Getting started Getting away from the computer screen, unplugging our ears from an iPad, putting the beer back in the fridge, and settling in for twenty or thirty minutes meditation requires effort. There‚Äôs no getting away from it. Modern technology, and in particular the internet, promises instant gratification, satisfaction and stimulation. Meditation does not. Perhaps … Continue reading The Eightfold Path: Right Effort

The Eightfold Path: Right livelihood (1)

In this blog post I explore right livelihood in its typical Buddhist format, and then I look at the relationship between affecting change on our lives and dealing with life circumstances as they are, and in particular how this plays out in the world of work. The first part then will cover the Buddhist issues … Continue reading The Eightfold Path: Right livelihood (1)

The Eightfold Path: Right Action (1)

I want to remind readers that I am not an authority on Buddhist matters. I simply write about my own understanding and the conclusions I have reached after many years of practising a variety of Buddhist traditions and hanging out with all manner of Buddhist organisations, schools and other. Right Action brings us into the … Continue reading The Eightfold Path: Right Action (1)

Eightfold Path – Right Speech (2)

Some thoughts to start off with Speech is energy in motion and it feeds movement. When we are mindless in our speech, it tends to go out and feed ongoing patterns of fixed referencing that define the roles we end up in, and identify with. These roles are multiple; an interwoven network of positions that … Continue reading Eightfold Path – Right Speech (2)