Tuesday, October 14, 2008

eight miles high

The Noble Eightfold Path describes the way to the end of suffering, as it was laid out by Siddhartha Gautama. It is a practical guideline to ethical and mental development with the goal of freeing the individual from attachments and delusions; and it finally leads to understanding the truth about all things. Together with the Four Noble Truths it constitutes the gist of Buddhism. Great emphasis is put on the practical aspect, because it is only through practice that one can attain a higher level of existence and finally reach Nirvana. The eight aspects of the path are not to be understood as a sequence of single steps, instead they are highly interdependent principles that have to be seen in relationship with each other.
to read up on all eight aspects of the eightfold path go here.

the bryds, an early vid of their 1966 classic eight miles high:


photo: view of downtown cleveland from the 8th floor of metrohealth medical center. metrohealth is not eight miles away, but you can count at least eight tall buildings! october 2008.

7 comments:

tut-tut said...

Thanks; I'm very interested in learning more about Buddhism.

LadrĂ³n de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

The number 8 has always been my favorite because of its symmetry.

R.L. Bourges said...

Love that shot of the city.

Question: How are you choosing the number of the day? At random?

Thanks for the link. Interesting but I think I either have a mind too messy or to resistant to programs (even the very best) to ever make a good buddhist or a good anything else, for that matter. The part that bothers me in this particular philosophy is the idea of resistance to this or that urge. It's always been my experience that the best way to reinforce something was to fight against it. Maybe that's just me.

Eight Miles High - now how many years ago is THAT?

Another good one, petite souris. Always fun to visit. Merci!

Saretta said...

I kind of agree with r.l. in that I have difficulty in following prescribed paths. My philosophy is more along the lines of don't exagerate in whatever you do (i.e. moderation) and do no harm.

Reya Mellicker said...

Delicious pic and I love the vid, too. Eight is great in so many ways. Thanks!

Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

Thanks for the link - it really sets out the eightfold path very clearly - one of the best I've seen.
And just love that pic! Awesome!

Steve said...

Great post, for so many reasons! I especially like the photo. I had no idea what Cleveland even looked like!