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The Noble Eightfold Path: The Way to the End of Suffering

The Noble
Eightfold Path

by Bhikkhu Bodhi

Appendix: A Factorial Analysis of the Noble Eightfold Path

I. Samma ditthi   Right view
dukkhe ñana   understanding suffering
dukkhasamudaye ñana   understanding its origin
dukkhanirodhe ñana   understanding its cessation
dukkhanirodhagaminipatipadaya ñana   understanding the way leading to its cessation
II. Samma sankappa   Right intention
nekkhamma-sankappa   intention of renunciation
abyapada-sankappa   intention of good will
avihimsa-sankappa   intention of harmlessness
III. Samma vaca   Right speech
musavada veramani   abstaining from false speech
pisunaya vacaya veramani   abstaining from slanderous speech
pharusaya vacaya veramani   abstaining from harsh speech
samphappalapa veramani   abstaining from idle chatter
IV. Samma kammanta   Right action
panatipata veramani   abstaining from taking life
adinnadana veramani   abstaining from stealing
kamesu micchacara veramani   abstaining from sexual misconduct
V. Samma ajiva   Right livelihood
miccha ajivam pahaya   giving up wrong livelihood
samma ajivena jivitam kappeti   one earns one's living by a right form of livelihood
VI. Samma vayama   Right effort
samvarappadhana   the effort to restrain defilements
pahanappadhana   the effort to abandon defilements
bhavanappadhana   the effort to develop wholesome states
anurakkhanappadhana   the effort to maintain wholesome states
VII. Samma sati   Right mindfulness
kayanupassana   mindful contemplation of the body
vedananupassana   mindful contemplation of feelings
cittanupassana   mindful contemplation of the mind
dhammanupassana   mindful contemplation of phenomena
VIII. Samma samadhi   Right concentration
pathamajjhana   the first jhana
dutiyajjhana   the second jhana
tatiyajjhana   the third jhana
catutthajjhana   the fourth jhana

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Bhikkhu Bodhi is a Buddhist monk of American nationality, born in New York City in 1944.

He came to Sri Lanka in 1972 and the same year entered the Buddhist Order as a pupil of Ven. Balangoda Ananda Maitreya Mahanayaka Thera.

He is presently the President and Editor-in-chief of the Buddhist Publication Society.