18. Right Resolve: A Change of Heart

The Buddha's Path of Peace - A Step-by-Step Guide - Geoffrey Hunt

Geoffrey Hunt [+-]
University of Surrey
Geoffrey Hunt is Buddhist Chaplain at the University of Surrey, UK. He is now Visiting Professor in Buddhist Ethics at the same university where, before retirement, he was Full Professor in Philosophy of Care, and taught and researched mainly in the field of healthcare and bioethics. From 2008 to 2014 he worked on ethical aspects of nanotechnology for scientific projects of the European Commission. In 2002 he founded, and continues to lead, the lay movement New Buddha Way www.newbuddhaway.org in Surrey, UK.

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.

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Hunt, Geoffrey. 18. Right Resolve: A Change of Heart. The Buddha's Path of Peace - A Step-by-Step Guide. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. Jul 2020. ISBN 9781781799635. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=39417. Date accessed: 29 Jan 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.39417. Jul 2020

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