The Buddhist Path
Buddhist-Path

In this section on the Buddhist Path we offer resources on meditation and compassion as they are practised in different traditions.

Age Group: 16–19
Related Topics: 5
Image: Raimond Klavins/unsplash.com

The Buddhist path was first taught by the Buddha as the fourth Noble Truth. It is twofold: the outer path includes all the methods that take confused, suffering beings to the goal of nirvana or enlightenment, while the inner path describes the various mental states and understandings experienced along the way.

 

Each Buddhist tradition teaches its own characteristic combination of methods but in general the Buddhist path always has three aspects: ethical discipline, meditation practices and wisdom or the understanding that is cultivated at each stage.

 

Windows into Buddhism presents resources on ethical discipline separately in the section on Ethics. This is because ethics is often addressed as a subject in its own right in the school programme, and for Ethics teachers the materials are therefore more easily accessed on their own.

 

In this section on the Buddhist Path we offer resources on meditation and compassion as they are practised in different traditions. You will also find materials on the Buddhist path as a whole under General as well as points on the Buddhist practice of Retreat.

 

The wisdom aspect of the path is addressed mainly under World View.

 

It is therefore important to remember that all these different elements need to come together for the Buddhist path to be complete.

Enlightenment
Enlightenment
Enlightenment is the goal of the Buddhist path. In Theravada it is nirvana, the extinguishing of ...
General
Overview of the Path
The Buddhist path was first taught by the Buddha as the fourth Noble Truth. It is twofold: the ou...
Love-and-Compassion
Love and Compassion
Cultivating a kind, loving and compassionate attitude is of great importance on the Buddhist path...
Retreats
Retreats
Clearing space and time out of our busy lives to do silent retreat is part of the Buddhist way of...
Meditation
Meditation
Meditation is core to the Buddhist path. The practice takes many forms and is viewed in various w...