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By laying down this guideline, Buddha advises his followers to earn their bread and butter righteously, without resorting to illegal and nefarious activities.

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He does not expect his followers to exploit other human beings or animals or to trade in weapons or intoxicants. Buddha believed that human nature imposes undue restrictions on the mind at times, causing a person to harbor ill thoughts. So we have to train our mind to think in the right direction if we wish to become better human beings.

Once we gain control over our thoughts and replace the unpleasant ones with positive ones, we shall be moving in the right direction. The Right Mindfulness, together with the Right Concentration, forms the basis of Buddhist meditation.

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By proposing this, Buddha suggests his followers to focus mentally on their emotions, mental faculties, and capabilities while staying away from worldly desires and other distractions. It refers to the ability of the mind to see things as they are without being led astray by greed, avarice, anger and ignorance.

This eighth principle laid down by Buddha is fundamental for proper meditation. Zazen or, Zen meditation is the way used in Zen to reach the right concentration or "state of mind".

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Needless to add, this is the most vital of all the aspects stated in the Noble Eightfold path since, without proper meditation, an individual cannot move on to a higher level of well-being. Free delivery worldwide. Bestselling Series. Harry Potter. Popular Features.

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New Releases. Taking the Path of Zen. Description There is a fine art to presenting complex ideas with simplicity and insight, in a manner that both guides and inspires.

In Taking the Path of Zen Robert Aitken presents the practice, lifestyle, rationale, and ideology of Zen Buddhism with remarkable clarity. The foundation of Zen is the practice of zazen, or mediation, and Aitken Roshi insists that everything flows from the center. He discusses correct breathing, posture, routine, teacher-student relations, and koan study, as well as common problems and milestones encountered in the process.

Throughout the book the author returns to zazen, offering further advice and more advanced techniques. The orientation extends to various religious attitudes and includes detailed discussions of the Three Treasures and the Ten Precepts of Zen Buddhism.

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Taking the Path of Zen will serve as orientation and guide for anyone who is drawn to the ways of Zen, from the simply curious to the serious Zen student. So work with that dread, the discomfort, and the fear.

This can be seen as an obstacle to social happiness, or as a path for something to work with. Many people will avoid this obstacle of shyness, and instead stay home and not socialize. You are stressed out and overwhelmed at work. You can complain about this problem and it will then continue for the rest of your life , or you can immerse yourself in it, let it lead you to self-exploration, and deal with the source of that stress and overwhelm.