I'm a sixteen year old girl. Next school year I will be a sophomore in high school.
I live in California in the United States.
In the seventh grade, I learned some things about Buddhism. A friend of mine has told me more about Buddhism. He calls it the Dharma.
In school I learned about the Eight Fold Path. My friend divides the Eight Parts into three groups, wisdom, morality and meditation.
In the wisdom group, he has Right View, which is understanding things as they are and seeing a thing in its true nature without name and label .
He also has Right Intention, which is somehow related to finding the wisdom to see things as they are.
In the morality, he puts Steps four through six. I'm Catholic, so to me they read like a list of commandment. I know that they are not commandments, but don't know what else to call them.
Right speach is about no fraud, perjury, slander, vugarity, or gossip while speaking or listening.
Right Action is about no no killing, stealing, misusing sex, lying, abusing intoxicants.
Right Livelihood is about no selling weapons, slaves, meat, intoxicants, or poison.
Right Effort is about dealing with one's own greed, anger, ignorance, and nurturing one's own generosity, loving kindness, and wisdom.
I understand least, the meditation part, which deals with Steps seven and eight, except that I think they deal with exercises to clear the mind to help see things as they are.
It sort of forms a circle. This site as cool smilies. Seems like I should post one. But I don't know which would be appropiate.
So I'll post three.