Avoiding Extremes by the Golden Middle Way:
The Blessed Buddha once said:
The homeless one should not follow after these
1: Giving in to indulgence in easy sensual pleasures,
which are banal,
not noble, and disadvantageous on a very, very long term!
Neither should he 2: Practice painful self-torture, which is
not noble, and detrimental.
The Blessed One has avoided both these extremes, and found the
Golden Middle Way,
which gives one both vision and understanding, which leads to peace, to clear insight,
to Enlightenment, to Nibbāna... It is only this very
Noble 8-fold Way, that
leads to the
final irreversible ceasing of absolutely all Suffering:
These Eight Noble Links,
friends and Bhikkhus, are to be developed for the complete
comprehension and elimination of all greed, all hate, all
ignorance, anger, envy, stinginess,
hypocrisy, shrewdness, disloyalty, conceit, stubbornness, irritation,
all haughty arrogance,
and lethargic laziness! These Noble 8 Links will induce their complete annihilation, ceasing,
overcoming, vanishing, abandoning, destruction, evaporation, and
the ultimate detaching
release from the terror of all these mental horrors!
Further study on this unique Noble 8-fold Way:
Source (edited extracts):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha.
Samyutta Nikāya SN: 56:11
Numerical Discourses of the Buddha.
Anguttara Nikāya AN 8:90