Amaro Bhikkhu [+]
Amaravati monastery, Hertfordshire
In this book the core of the Buddha’s teaching is comprehensively cast in modern models of thought – borrowed from science and philosophy ̶ and informed by contemporary concerns. It sets out the basic instructions for the life-changing way of the Buddha (the so-called ‘Noble Eightfold Path’) wholly in the context of contemporary and everyday life, personal experience, human relationships, work, environmental concern and the human wish for peace. The reader, who may be completely new to Buddhism, is accompanied along the Path with practical exercises that are fully explained. The Path begins with an introductory overview and then proceeds through Right Speech, Right Acting, Right Livelihood, Right Effort, Right Concentration, Right Mindfulness, Right Understanding and Right Resolve, and concludes with a short chapter on the relevance of the Path to the current global crisis. The reader is mentored throughout by practical meditational and contemplative exercises, with tables, diagrams, analogies and stories. Gradually the reader who has followed this handbook with commitment will feel the benefits of growing peacefulness, wisdom and compassion.