Noble Eightfold Path

(ca. 528 BCE)

The Noble Eightfold Path, one of the principal teachings of the Buddha (Siddhartha Gautama), is a chief text in the canonical scriptures of Theravada Buddhism. Its primary purposes were to help followers end suffering and achieve enlightenment and self-awakening. The discourse on the Noble Eightfold Path is part of the Pali canon, the standard collection of scriptures in Theravada Buddhism; it is called “Pali” because it was preserved in the Pali language, a largely literary language of India that no one actually spoke. The Pali canon remains the only early Buddhist canon that...

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