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The noble 8-fold way ends the 3 Searches:


The Blessed Buddha once said:
Bhikkhus, there are these three searches. What three?
1: The search for sense pleasure,
2: The search for becoming this and that,
3: The search for the pure, holy & Noble Life.
These are the three searches. The Noble 8-fold Way should be developed:
For the direct experience of these three searches...
For the complete understanding of these three searches...
For the utter destruction of these three searches...

For the overcoming and leaving all behind of these three searches...
And how does a Bhikkhu do so? Here, friends, the Bhikkhu develops:
Right View based upon seclusion, disillusion, ceasing, culminating in release.
Right Motivation removing greed, hate and ignorance when succeeding.
Right Speech having the deathless as its base, destination, & last resort.
Right Action flowing into & inclining towards Nibbāna, the Highest Bliss!
Right Livelihood based upon solitude, detachment, and relinquishment.
Right Effort having the immortal as its source, and its journey's final end.
Right Awareness removing of lust, anger & confusion as its ultimate aim.
Right Concentration descending into Nibbāna, the Highest Happiness!
It is in this way, friends, that a Bhikkhu, comes to directly experience,
fully understand, utterly destroy, completely overcome & leave all behind
these three otherwise perpetual and truly endless searches...

Searching by own light is easier especially when knowing what to look for!

Search for pleasure: "May I have more sex, food, music, porn, drugs" etc... 
Search for becoming: "May I become rich, praised, famous, beautiful" etc...
Search for the Noble Life: "There must be something else and higher!"...

Further study on the Noble 8-fold Way:

Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikāya.
Book [V:54-5] section 45: The Way. 161: The Searches ...

Searching for Something Else!

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Updated: 22 Dec 2016
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