The Noble Eightfold Path
The Four Noble Truths are the core foundation of the Buddhist doctrine.
The first, second and third of the Noble Truths are dealing with the omnipresence of suffering.
1. The existence of suffering
2. The cause of suffering
3. The cessation of suffering
4. The path leading to the end of suffering
The Noble Eightfold Path is the 4th Noble Truth and is the path leading to wisdom, liberation and freedom.
This comes about through:
1. Right Understanding
2. Right Intention
3. Right Speech
4. Right Action
5. Right Livelihood
6. Right Effort
7. Right Mindfulness
8. Right Concentration
“The Noble Eightfold Path is the path, consciousness and mindfulness is its basis.
Cultivating mindfulness, concentration is developed, which enables you in the obtaining of insight and wisdom. Due to right concentration you realize right understanding, right intention, right speech, right action, right livelihood and right effort. The developing understanding and wisdom can liberate you from all suffering and genuine peace and happiness is about to arise.”
(Thich Nhat Hanh, 1991, Old Path White Clouds)