Noble Eightfold Path: The Wise, Ethical, and Mindful Way to Live
The Buddha prescription for humanity contained eight aspects, like the spokes of a wheel. It started with wisdom: First we must recognize there is a problem (as described in the Four Noble Truths) and then we must have a motivation to do something about it. Next comes ethics: It behooves us to live in a way that does not cause harm, violence, or disruption through our actions, speech, and occupation. Finally we can develop a meditative mind: Making the right kinds of effort while developing mindfulness and concentration. All eight factors work together to propel us towards self-improvement, deep contentment, and a more meaningful life. These are not moralistic commandments but principles that can be tested and practiced for yourself.