Dharma Talk: The Fruits of Contemplative Life: Part 1
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. This talk covers the first steps of this additional version: going forth, ethical conduct, guarding the sense doors, “clear comprehension” of our physicality, and contentment. These steps are beneficial in and of themselves. They also create the conditions for the next steps, i.e. abandoning the “hindrances” and composing the mind, which will be the subject of Part 2. The recording ends with a brief serenity meditation.
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