Talk:Noble Eightfold Path

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Mind and mental qualities[edit]

Could someone explain the difference between 'the mind' and 'mental qualities' as described under 'Right Mindfulness'?

It's a very lengthy and in-depth topic, but a very basic distinction to make is that "the mind" is the perceiving/conceiving entity, while "mental qualities" are the perceptions/conceptions.
For instance, see the following site: There, it defines the mind "as a non-physical phenomenon which perceives, thinks, recognises, experiences and reacts to the environment". Later, it points out the so-called "51 Mental Factors", which include such things as intention, concentration, regret, ignorance, etc. These latter are, more or less, what is referred to in the phrase "mental qualities".
Hope this has been of some help. —Saposcat 11:24, 31 October 2005 (GMT +02:00)
Yes, that's wonderful. 31 October 2005 (GMT +02:00)

Great Aryan Myth[edit]

The first reference which I now delete is to "Great Aryan Myth" This can be found behind a paywall at JSTORE [1]. I have checked it. It nothing to do with the eightfold path and so a hoax.

No afterlife[edit]

@Nothingami97: Welcome to wikipedia. Please do not remove summary from mainstream scholarship as you did here. While you are free to personally believe in "Buddhism does not believe in afterlife" or whatever you want to, please respect wikipedia's content policies. We depend on scholarly publications and reliables sources, we do not summarize your personal opinions/wisdom/prejudice such as one in your edit summary here. If you have a source that is WP:RS and that asserts that "Buddhism does not believe in afterlife", please provide your source and let us discuss it on this talk page. Ms Sarah Welch (talk) 14:14, 1 July 2016 (UTC)


The editorial philosophy is great, but it has fallen on its face here. The subject, logic, and point of the eightfold path are completely missed by this summary. That which has been reported is hopelessly out of context and is not broadly reflective of Buddhism. There is a variation among Buddhist viewpoints. The viewpoint reflected essentially focuses on a shard and misses the bulk from which one might reconstruct that part of the teaching which adds to human knowledge in something more than an anthropological sense. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 11:59, 19 July 2016 (UTC)

@ You are free to believe in whatever you want, but your wisdom/prejudice/opinion on eightfold path must be ignored for the summary here, as wikipedia is not a blog. Please review wikipedia's content guidelines, and suggestions consistent with those guidelines would be most welcome. Ms Sarah Welch (talk) 12:33, 19 July 2016 (UTC)

I'm unsure when it comes to technology, so please forgive me if I'm not using this page correctly. However, would whoever is responsible for the "Eightfold Path" page please understand that the comment two paragraphs above is correct and the response (the above paragraph) is incorrect. The Wiki entry is a BIASED account of the Eightfold Path. It is not even standrard Theravada (which is but one branch of Buddhism). It is an extreme version of Theravada. For those not familiar with Buddhism, this is the equivalent of a post on Christianity being written by a member of the Inquisition. I LOVE WIKI! But I love it for being impartial. This article is not. (I'm an ordained Buddhist priest, so I should know.) I'd be grateful if someone more familiar with computers could do the necessary to get this entry removed before it misleads more people. Please get someone objective to write the article. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 06:51, 26 July 2016 (UTC)

@ We must ignore your pretensions of being an "ordained Buddhist priest", just like we must ignore people pretending to be 200 year old "experts in their field with a dozen Nobel prize wins". A more constructive approach for you would be to identify scholarly reliable sources that state a different view, and which this article has not already summarized. Personal wisdom / prejudices / opinions do not belong in wiki articles, try a blog. Ms Sarah Welch (talk) 12:41, 26 July 2016 (UTC)


In section Eightfold path it says "giving up home" and "beg for feed". That is of course incorrect. You only need a very basic knowledge of Buddhism to know that Buddhism it is also for lay men. It is quite chocking to read such incorrect nonsense. I don't bother to correct it because someone will probably just revert my edits. But it needs to be said that the section I am talking about is terrible. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Snusmumriken TJ (talkcontribs) 18:19, 6 August 2016 (UTC)

@Snusmumriken TJ: See. The article already summarizes the right livelihood precepts for the monks and the laypersons, with sources. Ms Sarah Welch (talk) 19:11, 6 August 2016 (UTC)