Sit-a-Long with Jundo: Buddha-Basics (Part III) -- Eightfold Path

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As the medicine for our self's dissatisfied, anxious, disappointed, searching, frustrated suffering dis-ease (Dukkha), the "Fourth Noble Truth"' prescribes "The Noble Eightfold Path."

Although the path is numbered sequentially, it is not generally seen as as series of steps, but instead (in modern terms) a "holistic lifestyle" which is to be developed more or less simultaneously, all linked together and each helping the cultivation of the others and, in turn, helped by the others.  For that reason, it is represented as the eight spokes of the Dharma Wheel, each supporting the entirety.

In the Zen schools, Zazen is valued as key, nurturing all of the path ... yet all the spokes, in turn, nurture Zazen.
(Click through to watch today's talk, and to "sit-a-long.") 
The eight elements are typically divided into three groups... and we'll talk about each of these elements over the coming days.
Wisdom (Sanskrit: prajñā) 
 Right View 
 Right Intention

Ethical Conduct (Sanskrit: śīla) 
 Right Speech 
 Right Action 
 Right Livelihood

Mental Discipline (Sanskrit: samādhi) 
 Right Effort 
 Right Mindfulness 
 Right Concentration

Today's Sit-A-Long video follows. Remember: recording ends soon after the beginning bells; a sitting time of 20 to 35 minutes is recommended.

To view all of Jundo and Taigu's SunSpace posts, including earlier installments ofZazen for Beginnersclick here.

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