Helpful Memory Mnemonic for the Eight Fold Path

 If you’re anything like me, you have a hard time remembering what the Buddha’s Eight-fold path consists of. So here’s a helpful mnemonic device I found.
 
Until                Understanding
Thoughts       Thoughts
Stop                Speech
Acting             Actions
Like                 Livelihood
Excited           Effort
Monkeys –    Mindfulness
Confusion!   Concentration
 

Normally, these are listed as “Right Understanding” etc. but I always had trouble with that as “right” implies there must be a “wrong” understanding, and Taoism tries hard to avoid those moral dualities. So I always thought of the Eight-fold path as prescriptive and judgmental.  
 
But as Gayle pointed out in one of our discussions, perhaps a better translation would be “complete” understanding, etc. I like that better. Less judgmental, and more Tao like.

One response to “Helpful Memory Mnemonic for the Eight Fold Path

  1. Steve Hagen commented on the translation of “Right” in his meditation books. He described “Right” as “What works”. Not as right versus wrong.

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