Nowadays, when we feel unhappy with what others say, we always criticize them as “nonsense.” It means scolding him for speaking nonsense, speaking casually, and speaking unreasonably and unfairly. But in fact, “nonsense” is very legitimate, very decent, and very important history.
When Buddhism was introduced to China from India, it passed through the places where the Hu people lived in the Western Regions. The Hu people were particularly devout in their belief in Buddhism. They often help the Buddha preach and talk about the “Eightfold Path” among the “Four Noble Truths–the Path of the Origin of Suffering” in Buddhism, which are right view, right thought, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and right concentration.
When the Hu people talked about the “Eight Paths”, perhaps it was the time when Buddhism was first introduced, and there were many different translations and interpretations; or the language and sounds of the Hu people at that time were difficult for people in other areas to understand. Everyone heard that the Hu people The Eightfold Path taught is called “the Eightfold Path taught by barbarians.”
However, some people do not know its meaning and without in-depth research, they describe “the eight things that nonsense people say” as “nonsense”, thus forming a popular saying. Later, the meaning changed, criticizing other people’s speech and not liking to hear it were called “nonsense”, and it became a popular language that changed its nature.
In fact, “nonsense” has its history, its meaning, and its description of the conditions in which Buddhism was prevalent at the time. Nowadays, among the “nonsense”, no one has thought deeply about the real “Eight Paths”; don’t say “nonsense” – the Eight Paths spoken by nonsense people are the Eight Paths taught by today’s virtuous elders and authoritative Dharma masters. To be honest, This is the compass of life. If one understands and practices these eight paths, life can be extremely transcendent, extremely wise, and extremely liberated.
Unfortunately, now I am afraid that this Eightfold Path, needless to say, is not easy for any decent person to explain its meaning. They all think that this is the Eightfold Path that they cannot understand and should not listen to. In fact, the “Eightfold Path” is the correct guide to help us move towards a smooth path in life, and even guide us on the road to becoming a Buddha. The content and meaning of the Eight Paths are listed below:
First, right view: cause and effect, good and evil karma, impermanence, suffering and emptiness, and the eternal Buddhist path.
Second, right thinking: contemplating the impurity of the body, contemplating the suffering of feelings, contemplating the impermanence of the mind, contemplating the absence of self in the Dharma.
Third, right speech: the language of truth, the language of compassion, the language of praise, the language of benefit.
Fourth, right karma: do not kill as your karma, do not steal as your livelihood, do not engage in sexual misconduct as your life, and do not engage in illicit karma as your life.
Fifth, Right Livelihood: a reasonable economic life, a purified emotional life, a compassionate social life, and a moral political life.
Sixth, Right Effort: No evil thoughts will arise before they arise, evil thoughts that have arisen will be eliminated, good thoughts will arise before they arise, and good thoughts that have arisen will increase.
Seventh, mindfulness: recite the Buddha’s name to achieve complete enlightenment, recite the Dharma and the Dharma Realm to be harmonious, recite the Sangha’s pure merits, and recite the perfection of God’s benevolence and righteousness.
Eighth, right concentration: healthy concentration, concentration of mind, concentration of enlightenment, concentration of seeing nature.