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The Eightfold Noble's Path - Right Action

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The Eightfold Noble Path - RIGHT ACTION

The Buddha continued in the Maha-cattarisaka Sutta,

"Of those, right view is the forerunner. And how is right view the forerunner? One discerns wrong action as wrong action, and right action as right action. And what is wrong action? Killing, taking what is not given, illicit sex. This is wrong action."

Again, right view is practiced first, and here the Buddha points out the three wrong actions that one should abstain from and avoid.

"And what is right action? Right action, I tell you, is of two sorts: There is right action with fermentations, siding with merit, resulting in the acquisitions [of becoming]; and there is noble right action, without fermentations, transcendent, a factor of the path."

Again, there is the mundane right action and the supramundane right action, and the Buddha is pointing out the distinction here.

"And what is the right action that has fermentations, sides with merit, & results in acquisitions? Abstaining from killing, from taking what is not given, & from illicit sex. This is the right action that has fermentations, sides with merit, & results in acquisitions."

Here the Buddha points out that by abstaining from wrong actions, one achieves the mundane factor of right action.

"And what is the right action that is without fermentations, transcendent, a factor of the path? The abstaining, desisting, abstinence, avoidance of the three forms of bodily misconduct in one developing the noble path whose mind is noble, whose mind is without fermentations, who is fully possessed of the noble path. This is the right action that is without fermentations, transcendent, a factor of the path."

When the supramundane Path is reached, one will be able to achieve the purity of mind that is free from attachments.

"One tries to abandon wrong action & to enter into right action: This is one's right effort. One is mindful to abandon wrong action & to enter & remain in right action: This is one's right mindfulness. Thus these three qualities -- right view, right effort, & right mindfulness -- run & circle around right action."

Here the Buddha explains how the three factors run and circle around right action on the Path.



 

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