The Noble Eightfold Path Spread
On This Day
The Songkran Festival’s tradition of sprinkling water has turned into an excuse for marvelous water fights. Participants armed with buckets, water guns, and hoses splash everyone in their path, even police.
Today is the beginning of the Songkran Festival celebrating the Buddhist New Year in Thailand, Burma, Cambodia, and Laos. Families and friends celebrate by visiting temples and sprinkling water on each other’s hands for good luck.
Summation of Spread
Buddhism’s Noble Eightfold Path is often represented by the dharma wheel symbol, which, like the Wheel of Fortune card, is a reference to the changing nature of life’s circumstances.
Seeking wisdom? The Noble Eightfold Path is the principal teaching of Buddha. Buddha describes the path as a way to end suffering and achieve self-awakening. The word “right” denotes completion, coherence, wisdom, and skillfulness.
Cast Your Cards
With stillness in your heart, cast your cards.
1. Right View: How does the nature of reality work?
2. Right Intention: What issue do I need to resolve?
3. Right Speech: How do I best use my words?
4. Right Action: What is the best action to take in the world?
5. Right Livelihood: Am I ethical in the work I do?
6. Right Effort: How can I evoke kindness for myself and others?
7. Right Mindfulness: How do I best experience the moment at hand?
8. Right Concentration: How do I cultivate complete awareness of the task at hand?