Dharma Talk: The Fruits of Contemplative Life: Introduction
The Noble Eightfold Path is the best known version of the Buddha’s way of liberating the human mind. In the Sāmaññaphala Sutta, which can be translated as “The Fruits of Recluseship” or “The Fruits of the Contemplative Life,” we find an additional version of the Buddha’s path. As a way to introduce the content of the teaching, this talk sets the stage: A new king has taken power by killing his father; the new king is feeling unsettled and seeks out someone that will bring him peace of mind; he finds the Buddha and asks him about the “fruits” of his practice. The recording ends with a brief reflection on “going forth.”
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