18. Right Resolve: A Change of Heart
Geoffrey Hunt [+]
University of Surrey
He has taught meditation in schools, in a prison, a village for the elderly, and an alcohol rehabilitation centre. He has served the Dhamma in hospices, funerals and interfaith events. He has worked in Japan, Nigeria and Lesotho and is a writer and international speaker on ethical issues of health, science and advanced technology. He has published several books in the field of professional ethics. He is married to Rev. Beverley Hunt, an Anglican minister.
This step of the Buddha’s eightfold path is often translated as ‘Right Intention’ or ‘Right Thought’. More accurately, saňkappa means resolving to do x, making up one’s mind to do x, or making a commitment to do x. In this context it means resolving, on the basis of one’s Right Understanding of the Four Noble Truths, to work towards the end of one’s craving and aversion, renouncing (or moderating) worldly attachments, and living in harmlessness and love (good will) toward all sentient beings.