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Noble Eightfold Path
The Noble Eightfold Path (, ) is one of the principal teachings of Sravakayana. It is used to develop insight into the true nature of phenomena (or reality) and to eradicate greed, hatred, and delusion. The Noble Eightfold Path is the fourth of the Buddha's Four Noble Truths; the first element of the Noble Eightfold Path is, in turn, an understanding of the Four Noble Truths. It is also known as the Middle Path or Middle Way. Its goal is Arhatship. The Noble Eightfold Path is contrasted with the Bodhisattva path of Mahayana which culminates in Buddhahood.

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Ariya Atthangika Magga
Ariya Atthangika Magga (Pali) [from ariya noble + atthangika eight-limbed, eightfold from attha eight + anga limb, division + magga way, road from the verbal root mrig to track, trace, investigate] Noble eightfold path; the fourth of the Four Noble Truths (chattari ariyasachchani) traditionally held to constitute the initial discourse of Gautama Buddha, comprising:
1) right insight (sammaditthi);
2) right resolve (sammasamkappa);
3) right speech (sammavacha);
4) right action (sammakammanta);
5) right living (sammajiva);
6) right effort (sammavayama);
7) right mindfulness, right recollection (sammasati);
8) right concentration (sammasamadhi).
See also ARYASHTANGA-MARGA (for Sanskrit equivalents).

Aryashtanga-Marga aryastanga-marga (Sanskrit) [from arya holy, noble + ashta eight + anga limb, division + marga path, way from the verbal root mrig to seek, strive to attain, investigate] Holy eight-limbed way; in Buddhism the Noble Eightfold Path enunciated by Gautama Buddha as the fourth of the Four Noble Truths (chattari aryasatyani). Consistent practice of aryashtanga-marga leads the disciple ultimately to perfect wisdom, love, and liberation from samsara (the round of repetitive births and deaths). The Eightfold Path is enumerated as:
1) samyagdrishti (right insight);
2) samyaksamkalpa (right resolve);
3) samyagvach (right speech);
4) samyakkarmantra (right action);
5) samyagajiva (right living);
6) samyagvyayama (right exertion);
7) samyaksmriti (right recollection); and
8) samyaksamadhi (right concentration).
See also ARIYA ATTHANGIKA-MAGGA (for Pali equivalents)

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Eightfold Path*
The Noble Eightfold path consists of the eight steps by which a person can achieve Nirvana . This is the path by which one ceases to desire and thereby ceases to suffer (see dukkha ). This path leads to a form of meditation which, similar to Raja Yoga in Hinduism, enables a person to reach enlightenment . The eight stages are: 1) Right Views. 2) Right Intent. 3) Right Speech. 4) Right Conduct. 5) Right livelihood. 6) Right effort. 7) Right mindfulness. 8) Right concentration.
To see how the Eightfold Path is described within Theravada Buddhism, click here .

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