What is this Noble Eightfold Way?
These eight things, friends, when
developed and cultivated lead to Nibbāna,
as their ultimate destination, have Nibbāna
as their final goal!
Friends, true knowledge is initiating
all advantageous states, with a sense of
shame and fear of wrongdoing coming after! For a clever person, who has
arrived at such true knowledge, right view emerges. For one of right view,
right motivation improves. For one of right motivation, right speech evolves.
For one of right speech, right action springs up. For one of right action, right
livelihood comes into being. For one of right livelihood, right effort arises.
For one of right effort, right awareness appears. For one of right
Friends, this is the sign and precursor for arising of the sun: dawn!
So too, friends, for a person, this is the sign and precursor for the
the Noble 8-fold Way, that is, Good and Noble Friendship! When a person has
a Good Noble Friend, it is to be expected that he will develop and cultivate
Noble 8-fold Way... And how does a person, who has a good friend develop
cultivate this Noble 8-fold Way? Here, friends, a person develops right view,
right motivation, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right
awareness, and right concentration, which has as its final goal the complete
elimination of all greed, the full eradication of all hate, and the
ceasing of all ignorance...
Further study on this Noble 8-fold Way:
Source: The Grouped Sayings of the
Buddha on the Way. SN V (56)