Onone occasion, a wise disciple of the Buddha known as the Venerable Sāriputta was approached by a wanderer. The wanderer asked — what is Nibbāna (or wisdom)? As the story goes, Sāriputta answered, “The destruction of lust, the destruction of hatred, the destruction of delusion: this, friend, is called Nibbāna.”
The wanderer asked, is there a path or way to the realization of this Nibbāna? Sāriputta put it this way,
The idea of the Eightfold Path appears in what is regarded as the first sermon of the founder of Buddhism, Siddhartha Gautama, known as the Buddha. The anthology of discourses titled In the Buddha’s Words (translated by Bhikkhu Bodhi) provides a brief analysis of the eight elements:
According to the Buddha, “Through disenchantment with form, feeling, perception, volitional formations, and consciousness, through their fading away and cessation, a monk liberated by wisdom is liberated by non-clinging; he is called one liberated by wisdom.”
As a contributor to The Walled Garden Philosophical Society, I explore, write, mentor, and find meaning and connection with this growing community of seekers and curious minds.
Get weekly garden pickings offering the best of The Walled Garden, as well as updates on upcoming events.
Please confirm that you’re ok with this.