What is the Purpose & Final Goal of the Noble
The Blessed Buddha once
Bhikkhus, if those of
other sects and of other beliefs should ask you this question:
Friends, for what purpose
is the Noble Life lived under the ascetic Buddha Gotama?
When being asked that
should answer them in exactly this very way:
It is, friends:
For the fading away of greed,
lust, and desire...
For the breaking out of
the mental prison of addiction...
For the uprooting of the
ingrown evil latent tendencies...
For the direct experience
of the supremely good method...
the mental fermentations...
For the enjoying the fruit
of certainty & total freedom...
For the sake of definite knowledge
& penetrating vision...
For the sake of final
Nibbāna without trace of clinging...
that this Noble Life is
lived under the Blessed Buddha!
Then, Bhikkhus, if those
of other sects ask you: But what is the Method for attaining final
Nibbāna without clinging? Being asked that, you should answer them thus: Friends,
indeed a Method; there is certainly a Way for reaching final
It is indeed exactly this Noble 8-fold Way:
Right Motivation (sammā-sankappa)
Right Speech (sammā-vācā)
Right Action (sammā-kammanta)
Right Livelihood (sammā-ājīva)
Right Effort (sammā-vāyāma)
Right Awareness (sammā-sati)