Eightfold Path

One of the core concepts associated with the teachings of the Buddha is that there is a way out of human suffering. In his Four Noble Truths the Buddha articulated his insight that suffering is perpetuated due to specific causes rooted in human behaviour. The way leading to cessation of suffering he called the Noble Eightfold Path.

The relationship between the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path is expressed in the graphic below, taken from Thich Nhat Hanh’s book The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching (1998). While the notion of Buddha Way has evolved throughout the centuries, the Buddha’s original summary of the Eightfold Path has continued to resonate within buddhist communities until this present day.

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