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Well being in terms of the world includes fortune, status, praise, and pleasure. These four things depend on our conducting ourselves properly along the right path.
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The fact that we experience these things may well be due to deficiencies in our conduct. So if our practice of the right path -- the Noble Eightfold Path -- is to lead us to peace in the world and the Dharma, we will first have to study it so that we understand it rightly then conduct ourselves in line with its factors.
Thereafter, if we have aims in the world, we will get good results. Our fortune, status, good name, and pleasure will be solid and lasting. Even after we pass away, they will continue to appear in the world.
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We are then sure to meet with results that parallel those of the world. For example, four supermundane paths of can be won for status:
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Wat Boromnivas, Bangkok
All of the Buddha's teachings and the way to practice them can be summed up in a mere eight factors:
- I. Right View: seeing in line with the truth.
- II. Right Intention: thinking in ways that will lead to well-being.
- III. Right Speech: speaking in line with the truth.
- IV. Right Action: being upright in one's activities.
- V. Right Livelihood: maintaining oneself in ways that are honest and proper.
- VI. Right Effort: exerting oneself in line with what is good.
- VII. Right Mindfulness: being constantly mindful (vigilant, awake, aware) of one's subject of concentration, reflection/contemplation, or meditation.
- VIII. Right Concentration: keeping the mind balanced and centered in line with the principles of the truth, not letting it fall into the ways of Wrong Concentration. More