Friends:

Avoiding the Extremes Opens the Way to Peace!

The blessed Buddha once explained:
There are these two extremes, which should not be practiced by anyone,
who has begun purification: The hunt for sensual pleasures, which is low,
vulgar, the common way of ordinary worldlings, ignoble, disadvantageous;
and any practice of self-torture, which is painful, ignoble, and also quite
disadvantageous! Without veering towards either of these extremes, the
well-come-well-gone-beyond Buddha has awakened to this Middle Way,
which leads to assured vision, to direct knowledge, which leads to ease,
to peace, to certain knowledge, to Enlightenment, to Nibbāna...
And what is that Middle Way awakened to by the Buddha, which leads to
assured vision, to direct knowledge, which leads to ease, to peace, to all
certain knowledge, to Enlightenment, to Nibbāna?
It is this very Noble 8-fold Way: That is

Right View
Right Motivation
Right Speech
Right Action
Right Livelihood
Right Effort
Right Awareness
Right Concentration

That is indeed the very Middle Way awakened to by the Blessed Buddha,
which leads to assured vision, to direct knowledge, which leads to ease,
to certain knowledge, to Peace, to Bliss, to Enlightenment, to Nibbāna...

Further study on the Noble 8-fold Way:
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/The_Way.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Noble_8_fold_Way.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/IV/The_3-fold_Way.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/II/Failed_by_Neglect.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/The_Noble_8-Fold_Way.htm
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/drops/Fruits_of_the_Noble_Way.htm



Source:
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikāya. Book IV [330-1]
Section 42: On The 6 Senses. Rasiya: 12.
http://store.pariyatti.org/Connected-Discourses-of-the-Buddha_p_1379.html
https://What-Buddha-Said.net/library/ati_website/html/tipitaka/sn/index.html

The  Golden Middle Way!


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