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The Eightfold Path Step 2: Right Intention

The Eightfold Path Step 2: Right Intention

Right intention is also called “right thought”, “right resolve”, or “right aspiration” or “the exertion of our own will to change”. It involves your commitment and your reasons for following the tenets of Buddhism. Do you really want to give up desire? Are you willing to make sacrifices to attain Enlightenment? Are you willing to give up anger, hatred, and negative feelings while embracing compassion? Are you willing to avoid doing harm to others?

Really, this one is hard to explain. At this stage of your Buddhist development, don’t worry about it too much; you’ll understand what kind of commitments are necessary as time passes. It’s not so bad!

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