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The Golden Middle Way ... !!!

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  • Bhikkhu Samahita
    Friends: Avoiding the Extremes Opens the Middle Way to Peace! There are, friends, these two extremes, which not should be practiced by any, who has initiated
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      Friends:

      Avoiding the Extremes Opens the Middle Way to Peace!

      There are, friends, these two extremes, which not should be practiced
      by any, who has initiated purification: The hunt for sensual pleasures,
      which is low, vulgar, the common way of ordinary worldlings, ignoble,
      disadvantageous; and any practice of self-torture, which also is quite
      painful, ignoble, and rather disadvantageous! Without veering towards
      either of these extremes, the well-gone-beyond Buddha has awakened
      to the Middle Way, which leads to assured vision, to direct knowledge,
      which leads to ease, to peace, to certain understanding, to Enlightenment,
      to Nibbana. And what is that Middle Way, awakened to by the Buddha,
      which leads to assured vision, to direct knowledge, which leads to ease,
      to peace, to certain understanding, to Enlightenment, to Nibbana ?
      It is this very Noble 8-fold Way: That is

      Right View
      Right Motivation
      Right Speech
      Right Action
      Right Livelihood
      Right Effort
      Right Awareness
      Right Concentration

      That is indeed the very Middle Way, awakened to by the Blessed Buddha,
      which leads to assured vision, to direct knowledge, which leads to ease,
      to certain understanding, to Peace, to Bliss, to Enlightenment, to Nibbana...

      Source:
      The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikaya. Book IV [330-1]
      Section 42: On The 6 Senses. Rasiya: 12.
      http://www.pariyatti.com/book.cgi?prod_id=948507
      http://www.accesstoinsight.org/canon/samyutta/index.html


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      Bhikkhu Samahita, Sri Lanka.

      Friendship is the Greatest ...
      Let there be Calm & Free Bliss !!!

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