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Vesak: Time to get back to basics of Buddhism through Noble Eightfold Path
The preparations for Vesak are on and Buddhist temples are being decorated and colourful cloth bunting are put up. The festival to mark birth, enlightenment and maha-nirvana of the Buddha is going to be observed on May 21 this year. It is a national holiday in India.
For a common man, the basics of Buddhism are understandable through the Noble Eightfold Path as a way to mitigate suffering in life. The Eightfold Path consists of eight mindsets that are simple to learn and with practice can be acquired to lead a contended and peaceful life.

The eight-fold path consists of the right view, intention, speech, action, effort, concentration and mindfulness. Many Buddhist associate the eight-fold path symbolically with eight-spoke "Wheel of the Dharma".

To have the Right View means to have a correct perspective on human life by understanding its impermanent and constantly changing nature so as not get attached to things and thoughts.

Right Intention stands discerning ability for choosing that is ethical and shunning what is wrong and immoral. This path also subscribes for a greater focus on goodwill, non-violence, and kindness for living things.

The Right Speech means to think before speaking and speak only when needed.  In other words, one should not lie, spread rumors, gossip, or say mean or negative things. Right Action

Right Action or conduct consists of such acts that do no harm to oneself or others such as hoarding, stealing, killing or sexual misconduct.

Right Livelihood means being honest and ethical in one's trade, work, livelihood, occupation or business dealings.

Right Effort pertains to making an honest attempt at abandoning wrong and harmful thoughts, words, and actions. It means living every day personal life ethically.

Right Mindfulness is related to self-observation and self-reflection. In other words, one must become ever alert to what is going on in their mind and body or living in the present moment.

Right Concentration pertains being meditative by putting full energy and thoughts into one action at a time.

Thus, the Noble Eightfold Path focuses on acquiring wisdom, ethical conduct and meditation. It can help us to have more complete and peaceful life that contains less suffering.

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