2017-01 six week study course: the Noble Eightfold Path

Week One – the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path

Week 1 Dharma talk: the Noble Eightfold Path in Context

35 mins

Where the teaching on the Noble Eightfold Path comes from, its purpose, and a brief introduction of each of the eight factors

http://www.dharmaseed.org/teacher/637/talk/38800/


Week 1 Instructions: Small group discussion

5 mins

Guidelines for working together in small groups, to support mindful speaking and listening


Week 1 Practising at Home

Guided meditation: Four Noble Truths

15 mins

Short guided meditation exploring the Four Noble Truths in your immediate experience

http://www.dharmaseed.org/teacher/637/talk/38801/



Week Two – Right View and Right Thought/Intention

Week 2 Dharma talk: Right View and Right Thought/Intention

35 mins

A re-cap of Right View, followed by an exploration of Right Thought in terms of the intention towards renunciation, the intention towards good-will or metta, and the intention towards non-cruelty or compassion

http://www.dharmaseed.org/teacher/637/talk/38827/


Week 2 Practising at Home

If you’re new to the brahma vihara practices of metta and compassion, you might like to explore these talks and guided meditations as a support for Right Thought:

Dharma talk: Metta – 30 mins

An overview of metta practice, starting with metta for the category known as the benefactor

Guided meditation: Metta for the Benefactor – 15 mins

Short guided meditation exploring metta for the benefactor, then oneself


Dharma talk: Compassion – 15 mins

Compassion as the second of the four brahma-vihara meditations

http://www.dharmaseed.org/teacher/637/talk/35785/

Guided meditation: Compassion – 25 mins

Beginning with reciprocal flow compassion practice for oneself, then a friend experiencing difficulties, using traditional phrases

http://www.dharmaseed.org/teacher/637/talk/35786/



Week Three – Right Speech

Week 3 Dharma talk: Right Speech

32 mins

An introduction to the ethical factors of the path, followed by an exploration of Right Speech in terms of abstaining from false speech, divisive speech, abusive speech, and idle chatter.

http://www.dharmaseed.org/teacher/637/talk/38905/

Week 3 Practice Instructions: Right Speech

7 mins

An introduction to the Insight Dialogue guidelines of Pause, Relax and Open as a support for exploring Right Speech in dyad practice (pairs)

http://www.dharmaseed.org/teacher/637/talk/38906/

Week 3 Guided Meditation: practising Right Speech in dyads

13 mins

Beginning with a short guided meditation exploring the guideline of Open, then working in pairs with separate speaker and listener, with three minutes each to name what is being experienced at any of the five physical sense doors (seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, touching-physical sensations)

Then three minutes each to recall a time of being able to practice Right Speech in daily life, and how that affected the body, heart and mind, followed by ten minutes of free-flow dialogue to explore what it’s like to practice Right Speech right now

http://www.dharmaseed.org/teacher/637/talk/38907/

Week 3 Practising at Home: Exploring unskilful speech skilfully

15 mins

A short guided meditation investigating an example of unskilful speech, paying attention to sensations in the body and emotions in the heart-mind with the intention of gaining clarity about what happened

http://www.dharmaseed.org/teacher/637/talk/38908/



Week Four – Right Action and Right Livelihood

Week 4 Dharma talk: Right Action and Right Livelihood

32 mins

Continuing to explore the ethical aspects of the Noble Eightfold Path, Right Action and Right Livelihood, expanding livelihood to look more generally at all aspects of how we live our lives

http://www.dharmaseed.org/teacher/637/talk/39014/

Week 4 Guided Meditation: Exploring skilful action skilfully

13 mins

A short guided meditation investigating an example of skilful action of body, speech or mind, based on the Buddha’s instructions to Mahanama AN6:10

http://www.dharmaseed.org/teacher/637/talk/39015/



Week Five – Right Effort

Week 5 Dharma talk: Right Effort

34 mins

Moving to the meditative aspects of the Noble Eightfold Path, starting with an exploration of Right Effort in daily life and formal meditation, with an overview of the Four Great Efforts for working skilfully with mental states.

http://www.dharmaseed.org/teacher/637/talk/39165/

Week 5 Guided Dyad (pairs) Meditation: Exploring Right Effort in daily life and in meditation

13 mins

Guided dyad meditation exploring Right Effort, beginning with separate speaker and listener (allow 3 minutes each) then open dialogue (allow 6-10 minutes)

http://www.dharmaseed.org/teacher/637/talk/39166/



Week Six – Right Mindfulness and Right Concentration

Week 6 Dharma talk: Right Mindfulness and Right Concentration

32 mins

Continuing to explore the meditative aspects of the Noble Eightfold Path, Right Mindfulness and Right Concentration

http://www.dharmaseed.org/teacher/637/talk/39297/

Week 6 Guided Dyad (pairs) Meditation: Exploring Right Concentration

8 mins

Guided dyad meditation exploring Right Concentration in meditation practice then in the moment, beginning with separate speaker and listener (allow 3 minutes each) then open dialogue (allow 6-12 minutes)

http://www.dharmaseed.org/teacher/637/talk/39298/


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This course was partly based on material freely offered by Gil Fronsdal from the Insight Meditation Center, Redwood City.  To donate to his organisation please use this link:

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