The True Eightfold Path: Guideposts for Self-Innovation

The True Eightfold Path: Guideposts for Self-Innovation

by Ryuho Okawa

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Overview

Following Ryuho Okawa’s renowned work, The Essence of Buddha (IRH Press 2016), The True Eightfold Path: Guideposts for Self-Innovation is a step-by-step guide on how to apply the Eightfold Path, a reflective meditation in our daily life.
Buddha's Eightfold Path is called 'The Secret Treasure of Mankind' as it has the tremendous power to transform one's life inside out to become a happier, compassionate and more productive person. Apply Okawa's 'True Eightfold Path' in today's world and live a life that is free of regret.

Contents:
1. Introduction of The True Eightfold Path
What is the meaning of reflective meditation called self-reflection and its precondition?
Okawa provides answers to such questions as ‘what is a human being?’, ‘how did we come into being?’, and ‘how we can achieve true happiness?’ and explains the practice of self-reflection as an essential part of the Principle of Happiness – The Fourfold Path of Love, Wisdom, Self-reflection, and Progress.
In the following Chapter 2 to Chapter 9, Okawa explains each path of the True Eightfold Path with a deep spiritual understanding by providing practical and applicable advice.

2.Right View gives us the insight to look at ourselves, others and our surroundings from multiple viewpoints so that we can accelerate our spiritual awakening and improve our relationships. We might think that we are not expected to be held responsible in how we look at the world, but Okawa explains that we have the full responsibility for perceiving the world that is created by God.

3.Right Thought is the focal point of the Eightfold Path, as what we think determines who we are. Here, the author provides the criteria to discern for ourselves whether we are thinking rightly from the eyes of Buddha/God. Okawa explains the three practical checkpoints of Right Thought.

4.Right Speech gives us practical ideas on how we can practice self-reflection. What we speak is the result of how we see ourselves, others, and the world, and how we think. In this chapter we can realize the importance of practicing Right Speech, as happiness or unhappiness is largely determined by what comes out of our mouth.

5. Right Action deals extensively with today’s work life. Unlike the world in which Shakyamuni Buddha lived more than 2,600 years ago, the modern world gives us a variety of opportunities through work, but also difficulties related to busy lives and economic issues. Spiritual seekers today cannot only pursue meditative lives but can also find ways to improve spirituality in business life. In this chapter you will find positive meaning in work and the means to achieve success and attain spiritual progress.

6.Right Living focuses on the right use of time and what lifestyle we may choose. Each and every person is equal in the face of time, as everyone without exception is given 24 hours a day. How we spend time determines our success or failure, not only in a worldly way but also in terms of spiritual progress.

7.Right Effort explains the effort necessary to progress in the path to attain enlightenment. As the author explained in his former book, The Essence of Buddha, enlightenment is not easily achieved and is difficult to maintain. He gives advice to continue Right Effort to upkeep any level of enlightenment we may have achieved.

8.Right Will highlights the positive meaning of self-reflection. Usually self-reflection is connected to repentance for past sins and wrongdoings, but Okawa also talks about Right Will in relation to the path of Progress. When we think about something strongly and continuously, this concentrated thought becomes will, and this will power is the key to creating a positive future. This subject is explained in a variety of ways based on examples and the author’s personal experiences.

9. Right Meditation begins with the importance of peace of mind in the pursuit of happiness. Nowadays meditation is popular everywhere as we wish to achieve inner peace, but there is no established method of measuring the achievement of meditation. Okawa explains the methods of practicing meditation rightly based on the Eightfold Path and what we can expect as a result of right meditation, in relation to receiving inspiration from the higher spiritual worlds.

10. General Description sums up the methods of self-reflection and the purpose of the True Eightfold Path. Firstly, the True Eightfold Path is taught in a way that people living in this modern world can practice. Secondly, the True Eightfold Path gives specific, not abstract, guideposts of spiritual discipline. Thirdly, the True Eightfold Path is the principle of making this world into an ideal world, Utopia, as it brings the realization of inner peace within an individual and spreads to fill this world with Light.
In this comprehensive and practical guide, The True Eightfold Path is imbued with wisdom and power to bring out the potential of our souls to the fullest and transform our personalities into virtuous leaders to help guide others.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781942125808
Publisher: Irh Press
Publication date: 03/30/2021
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 131,137
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Ryuho Okawa is World Teacher, Master and CEO of Happy Science Group (a global utopian movement), and international best-selling author with a simple goal: to help people find true happiness and create a better world. Okawa’s deep compassion and sense of responsibility for the happiness of each individual has prompted him to publish over 2,800 titles of religious, spiritual, and self-development teachings, covering a broad range of topics including how our thoughts influence reality, the nature of love and the path to enlightenment. Okawa also writes on topics of management, the economy, and the relationship between religion and politics in a global context. Okawa’s books have been translated into 31 languages, and many of them have become best-selling titles, with over 100 million copies sold worldwide.

Table of Contents

Preface Chapter I Introduction The Meaning of Reflection and Its Prerequisites 1. The Meaning of Reflection 2. As Created Beings 3. What Lies at the Basis of the Principle of Happiness 4. True Faith and True Research 5. The Prerequisite for Reflection Chapter II Right View 1. Responsibilities That Accompany Seeing 2. Looking at the Works of God 3. The Starting Point of "Right View" 4. The Self and Others are like Mirrors Set against Each Other 5. The Criteria to See People Rightly 6. Wisdom That Precedes Love 7. Based upon Various Views 8. The Tragedy Brought About by Jesus Christ 9. A View of One's Environment 10. Compassion for Plants and Animals Chapter III Right Thought 1. The Criterion of "Right Thought": God's Mind 2. Unification of Diverse Teachings 3. The Meaning of Diversity 4. Consensus in Heaven 5. The Three Criteria for "Right Thought" 6. What Obstructs Innocence 7. Check Your Efforts in Self-Help 8. What Obstructs Modesty - Pride and Desire for Attention Chapter IV Right Speech
1. The Influence of Words 2. Thoughtless Words That Harm Both the Self and Others 3. Cast Away Your Pride and Humbly Apologize 4. How to Take Others' Words
5. Listen to Others' Criticism with Gratitude 6. Nurturing Others through Words Chapter V Right Work 1. Vocational Ethics in the Modern Age 2. The Rules of Prosperity in the Current of Christianity 3. Prosperity and Development in Right Law 4. Buddha's Reflection and Hermes' Prosperity as Inseparable Factors 5. The Japanese Dream Begins with the World of God's Truth 6. "Right Work" that Contributes to the Evolution of Soul 7. "Occupation" as the Basis for Utopia 8. Work and Labor 9. Motherhood as a Vocation 10. The "Infallible Thought" in Work 11. Gratitude for the Environment Chapter VI Right Living 1. What does "Right Living" Mean in the Modern Age 2. Heighten the Value of God's Truth per Hour 3. Life Styles that Invest in the Future Chapter VII Right Effort 1. Right Effort toward the Mind of God 2. Difficulty in Maintaining Enlightenment 3. Manifest Your Knowledge by Practice Chapter VIII Right Will 1. A Viewpoint toward the Future 2. Will Manifests Itself 3. Positive Force for the Creation of Happiness 4. Change the Direction of Your "Will" 5. The Rules to Realize Your Hope 6. Means, Method and Time 7. Accumulation during the Time of Waiting 8. The Importance of Forgetting Chapter IX Right Concentration of Mind 1. Peace of Mind is the First Step toward Happiness 2. Reflection Begins with the Breathing Method 3. Receive the Light from Heaven 4. Becoming One with God 5. The Method of Right Concentration in IRH Chapter X Conclusion The Significance of the Eightfold Path in the Modern Age 1. The Application of the Eightfold Path to Modern Society 2. The Eightfold Path as a Guide to Discipline 3. The Eightfold Path as a Principle of Utopia
Epilogue

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