The Eightfold Beatitudes: part 2
The Beatitudes and the Noble Eightfold Path are equal in number
The Noble Eightfold Path
There can be no doubt about how many elements constitute the Noble Eightfold Path. The Buddha put the number of elements right in the title of this teaching tool, perhaps for that very reason — to leave no room for doubt about the scope of The Path to True Freedom. Here is the Noble Eightfold Path in its simplest form:
The Christ also planted a clear clue about quantity into the Beatitudes. In the Gospel of Matthew, only Beatitudes 1 and 8 are in the present tense; the other 6 are in the future tense. Look at them:
The Beatitudes in the Gospel of Luke are somewhat different than the Beatitudes in the Gospel of Matthew. However, the Beatitudes in Luke and Matthew are equal in number. In Luke, the first four Beatitudes begin with the word Blessed, and the second four Beatitudes begin with the word Woe, giving eight total Beatitudes, the same number of Beatitudes in Matthew.
So, the equal number of elements in the Beatitudes and the Noble Eightfold Path is the first clue that these two core teachings are equivalent.