Noble Eightfold Path: Way to the End of Suffering Paperback – 1 Apr 2006
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"Unbiased, eminently readable, and most importantly, gives many insightful and pragmatic hints to both the neophyte and experienced follower." Amaro Bhikkhu, author, "Silent Rain
About the Author
Bhikkhu Bodhi, is the translator of "The Comprehensive Manual of Abhidhamma, Connected Discourses of the Buddha, "and several works on Theravada Buddhism. He was the editor of the Buddhist Publication Society from 1984 to 2000 and has served as its president since 1988. He is also chairman of the Yin Shun Foundation. He resides at the Bodhi Monastery in Lafayette, New Jersey.
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This is a very small book, almost pocket format, and once I started reading it, I understood why.
Every word author placed in this book is carefully and precisely chosen to deliver Buddha's teaching of a Noble Eightfold Path with as little distortions as possible. It must have taken years to write this little book, but the results are remarkable. Every notion is made absolutely clear and easy to understand. The book is very easy to read, but it requires a long time to fully absorb the message and move on to the next page, or paragraph, or even sentence. Once again, it's not one of those books where you need to search a jewel hidden in hundred of pages, every word here is a jewel, a piece of a jigsaw absolutely required to have a complete picture.
I am so impressed with Bhikkhu Bodhi's work that I intend to buy all his other books once I finish this book.
UPDATE: I did buy most if not all Bhikkhu Bodhi's books, they are totally worth it.
Bhikkhu Bodhi writes with clarity and simplicity, allowing the teaching of the Eightfold Path to speak for itself. The Path is set into the context of the Four Noble Truths and to other essential teachings of the Buddha such as the teachings of impermanence, selflessness and suffering.
Bhikkhu Bodhi presents the Path as follows: "The eight factors of the Noble Eightfold Path are not steps to be followed in sequence, one after another. They can be more aptly described as components rather than as steps, comparable to the intertwining strands of a single cable that requires the contribution of all the strands for maximum strength."
Thus understanding leads to understanding. And in his Epilogue he says: "The eight factors of the path are always accessible to us...We have to begin by straightening out our views and clarifying our intentions. Then we have to purify our conduct - our speech, action and livelihood. Taking these measures as our foundation, we have to apply ourselves with energy and mindfulness to the cultivation of concentration and insight...Liberation is the inevitable fruit of the path and is bound to blossom forth when there is steady and persistent practice."
It is this adventure that Bhikkhu Bodhi lays before us and invites us along! A wonderful journey in the company of a wise friend.
Unlike most other dialogues on the path, which inform us that the whole idea of thinking of the path is misleading, because 'all the aspects are equally as important' this book actually treats the path, well, as a path - You start with stage 1 - Right Understanding, then develop through moral purification - stages 3-5, and these set the foundations for the great effort invovled in mindfulness and meditation practises.
Having finished, reread and taken notes on the book I have realised my previous approach to Buddhism was somewhat wishy-washy, and am now enthused about the prospect of perservering in right effort to 'kill my mind' and refine my consciousness.
I am deliberately not going to outline the content in too much depth for fear of not doing it justice, but if you are already into Buddhism I recommend it.
I have been seeking a path (I think I've found it). I have been researching and studying various esoteric sciences including Hermeticism, Kabbalah, Alchemy, Qigong, Taoism, and now Buddhism.
This is a very clear and beautifully written book. I would recommend it to all of humanity.
I'm particularly fond of the style of writing. It is very engaging, almost academic, intelligent, whilst the writer keeps things as impersonal and as free of his own prejudices and opinions unlike some of the other authors I have come across.
A must buy. I'd like to read more of his expositions.
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This is great introduction into Buddhism's core teaching and can be referred to and read multiple times to refresh you are your faith in its teaching which take it from me; works. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ashley Burns
If you are serious about following the Buddhist path this is essential reading. A must read!Published 4 months ago by Marcus D'Silva, author of 'How to Change Your Life with the Amazing Secrets of Hypnosis'
it is helpful to read this book. one will not go wrong by reading then practicing the way.and the book seller can be trusted.Published 5 months ago by ian hooker
Very good book. I highly recommend it. I bought it as an ebook and was impressed so much i bought the book to give to someone.Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer