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The Middle Path: An Act of Balancing

19 Aug, 2013 0 comments All life areas

“It is just this Noble Eightfold Path, namely: Right View, Right Intention, Right Speech, Right Action, Right Livelihood, Right Effort, Right Mindfulness, and Right Concentration.”

The Buddha, Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta

The Middle Path or Middle Way of life is one of the most central themes of Buddhism. Propounded by Gautam Buddha and expanded over centuries by his followers, the idea of finding the right balance in life with the Noble Eightfold Path is applicable to a wide range of actions which transcend religion. Religious beliefs define the Middle Path as an enlightened path, one which lies between the two extremes of self-indulgence and self-denial. These are said to unenlightened lifestyles, being hedonistic and ascetic in nature. In general understanding, this path of life is all about leading a balanced lifestyle, one which is grounded in reality, is mindful and peaceful. You don’t have to be striving for enlightenment in order to incorporate principles of the middle path into your life. The act of balancing out your life can in fact be achieved through 7 key ideas associated with the concept of Middle Path:

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