Practical Peaceful Living
Continuing with the Practical Peaceful Living them, the Village Wisdom perspective on Buddhism's 8-fold path.
During his quest for enlightenment, Gautama Buddha rediscovered the Noble 8-fold path and taught the principles to his disciples. The Noble 8-fold path is a practice. It’s kind of like learning to play an instrument. You are taught the basics of how to make certain sounds, how to move your hands and fingers on the instrument, how to read music, etc and then you have to practice to get good at it. You have to practice A LOT to get good at it.
So the 8-fold path is a practice. It is said that the practice leads to self-awakening and liberation. I would use the terms self-awareness and freedom. Doesn’t that sound much more down-to-earth to you? Doesn’t it sound like something that is actually attainable? I mean, what does self-awakening and liberation really mean? Sometimes I think that because the words are different than we are used to, people make i