The Noble Eightfold Path of Buddha and the Eight Limbs of Yoga
It seems they both offer a path to consciousness development.
The Noble Eightfold Path of Buddha involves:
- Right Understanding
- Right Emotion
- Right Speech
- Right Action
- Right Livelihood
- Right Effort
- Right Awareness
- Right Meditation
A valid interpretation of this path is the Threefold Way: wisdom, ethics, and meditation.
It leads to the Zen Mind state of consciousness.
This frees your mind from societal programming and the base psychology that we’re all imprinted with at birth.
If one doesn’t do the work to free the mind then one functions at the level of a solipsist in a state of extreme egocentrism. One is trapped within a fictional definition of oneself and doomed to a robotic existence of suffering.
This is a way to escape a human life of suffering.
How did The Buddha personally arrive at such a state of mind?
The Eight Limbs of Yoga encompass a parallel path, covering much of the same ground, and leading to the same end.
- Yama (abstinence)
- Niyama (observances)
- Asana (yoga postures)
- Pranayama (breath control)
- Pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses)
- Dharana (concentration)
- Dhyana (meditation)
- Samadhi (absorption)
This is the training regimen utilized by Gautama Buddha (AKA Siddhārtha Gautama, Siddhattha Gotama; Shakyamuni, Sakkamuni; and The Buddha).
It is only at the later stages of consciousness development that self-determinism and free will truly become possible. Until then one merely exists robotically driven by biological imprinting, dysfunctional psychology, and societal programming.
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