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 thought on “Helpful Memory Mnemonic for the Eight Fold Path

  • May 18, 2015 at 1:14 am
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    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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