PERSPECTIVES – Musings in surgical recovery
The first of the Noble Eightfold Path is Right View. What is Right View?
For most of my life, I thought there was one right view but I didn’t understand what that was. Being dyslexic, it was not new to me to not understand – Nevertheless, I dutifully memorized the Eightfold Path and went on with my life. My perspectives in life were different than they are now.
In recent years as I have tried to understand Jodo Shinshu Buddhism, I have wondered, what does that mean – Right View? Every situation has many different perspectives. Different perspectives foreshadow different conclusions. Hmmmmm …
So I have looked at different situations In my life, different questions from different perspectives and it is not any more clear than it was before. So, my conclusion so far – everyone’s Right View can be different.
When everyone’s Right View is different, it follows that the rest of the Eightfold Path could result in many different ways. The Thoughts that follow the View are also subject to perspective and then follows Right Speech, Right Conduct, Right Effort, Right Livelihood, Right Mindfulness and Right Meditation.
So I offer the opportunity to you to follow this exercise to contemplate the Right View in your life for the things that are important to you.
I always wondered how Buddhism could be so complex and now I am beginning to see. When one starts with a subjective thought, the results can bring about a myriad of more questions. It’s no wonder it’s so easy to always have more questions. It’s no wonder why can be so confusing.
It reasonable to see how it ends in Right Meditation and Namo Amida Butsu.
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