Hi Jack! Today we are going to teach you about the Eighfold path.
Right Speech (Sila - Morality)
The first division is in group 1 (Sila). It is called right speech.
Right Action (Sila - Morality)
The second division is in group 1 (Sila). It is called right action.
Hannah and Abby began to tell Jack about the Eightfold path. It brings about dispassion and detachment which eventually eliminates desire towards temporary pleasures. It leads to the development of compassion for all that lives.
Right Livelihood (Sila - Morality)
The third division is in group 1 (Sila). It is called right action.
Hannah informs Jack that right speech is when you are truthful, affectionate, and helpful. It promotes unity. Hannah uses Abby as an example to show right speech from wrong speech. If Abby started name calling someone, this would be considered wrong speech. If Abby complemented and called them kind, this would be known as right speech.
Right Effort (Samadhi - concentration)
The fourth division is in group 2 (Samadhi). It is called right effort.
Right action describes what we do and what we refrain from doing. Right action aims at promoting moral, honourable, and peaceful conducting. An example of right action would be donating food to people in need. An example of wrong action would be stealing from a store.
Right Mindfulness (Samadhi - concentration)
The fifth division is in group 2 (Samadhi). It is called right mindfulness.
Right livelihood is when you avoid occupations or trades which cause suffering to yourself and others. You should provide the necessities of life and your work must be ethically wholesome. An example of right livelihood would be Abby having a job to support her family. An example of wrong livelihood would be Abby cheating on her husband.
Right effort is when you endeavour to live a moral and blameless life. You want to overcome evil that has risen and avoid evil that might arise. You also want to promote good and develop good in the world. Abby could promote good by holding a coat drive or creating an organization to promote the extinction of animals.
Right mindfulness is when you are diligently attentive of what happens to us and in us. It is to be mindful of our thoughts, speech, and actions. Abby demonstrates good mindfulness by recognizing her strengths and weaknesses. She would demonstrate wrong mindfulness if she avoiding her weaknesses and didn't try to better herself.