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"And what is right view? Knowledge with regard to stress, knowledge with regard to the origination of stress, knowledge with regard to the cessation of stress, knowledge with regard to the way of practice leading to the cessation of stress: This is called right view." — DN 22
This is a commentary (copyright notice automatically attached) for the Nibana Sutta in which, in relation to right actions, explains in brief that wrong causes or origination of actions are greed, aversion, and delusion. While, right causes or constructive ones is the direct opposite.
THE NIDANA SUTTA – ENDING THE DEFILEMENTS by John Haspel
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Eight-Fold Path: Right Action
Perceiving constancy in the inconstant,
pleasure in the stressful,
self in what's not-self,
attractiveness in the unattractive,
beings, destroyed by wrong-view,
go mad, out of their minds.
Bound to Mara's yoke,
from the yoke they find no rest.
Beings go on to the wandering-on,
leading to birth & death.
But when Awakened Ones
arise in the world,
bringing light to the world,
they proclaim the Dhamma
leading to the stilling of stress.
When those with discernment listen,
they regain their senses,
seeing the inconstant as inconstant,
the stressful as stressful,
what's not-self as not-self,
the unattractive as unattractive.
Undertaking right view,
they transcend all stress & suffering.
Eight-fold: Right Mindfulness
This is somewhat a long and interesting sutta. It's best to get the point as a whole rather than excerpts. It talks about how to contemplate (meditate and be mindful) on different topics The Buddha discussed with his monks and head disciple. I had been listening to a Dharma talk a couple days ago called Meditation by Bante Sujato and I think he spoke how we use meditation to try and cure "all" ills. For example, if we have wrong speech, we meditate. If we had wrong action, we meditate. It is fine to meditate, and it doesn't cure the ills unless it is replaced with the opposite. So, if you are gaining merits and help other living beings in how you relate to them, if you do a destructive action replace it with a right or constructive one. If you made a destructive intention. Replace it with a constructive one.
Contemplation of impermanence.
Contemplation of anatta (absence of a permanent self or soul).
Contemplation of foulness (asubha).
Contemplation of disadvantage (danger).
Contemplation of abandonment.
Contemplation of detachment.
Contemplation of cessation.
Contemplation of distaste for the whole world.
Contemplation of impermanence of all component things.
Mindfulness of in-breathing and out-breathing.
I found this video that clarifies more about right view in relation to different levels of consciousness in layman's terms. Evolution of Consciousness.
Ajahn Brahmali discusses the basic but complicated view of what consciousness is. In relation to right view, how does this help your understanding of consciousness? Is there something new you learned?
Understanding and application of Right View.
What did you do to apply last week's Sunday Dharma into your daily routine?
Be specific. Reflect. Have fun; be serious. Meditate.