Reaching Nirvana Through The Eightfold Path

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Reaching Nirvana through the Eightfold Path The ultimate goal of a Buddhist is to reach Nirvana, and to come to that truth. A way to achieve Nirvana is through following eight paradigms called the Eightfold Path, which is based on wisdom, morality, and concentration. In Herman Hesse’s novel, Siddhartha, the protagonist was able to master the Eightfold Path during his communion with the river. Through the Eightfold Path, it is completely possible to reach Nirvana. Two of the paradigms in the Eightfold Path are right understanding and right aspiration. When trying to attain right understanding it is essential for one to ask themselves “Am I seeing what’s really there, or what I want to see?”. This is so important to the Eightfold Path to Nirvana because it has to do with our views of the world. We get caught up in our views as if they’re permanent, when they actually are not. When right understanding is achieved, a person is able to see the world, and himself for what they really are (Secular Buddhist Association).When trying to attain right aspiration it very important for one to ask “Am I truly committed to living compassionately?” Having right aspiration is to deeply think about intentions before speaking or acting. If intentions stem from anger or spite, it can lead to more suffering (Secular Buddhist Association). These two paradigms are based on wisdom which Siddhartha talks about in the novel by saying “Wisdom cannot be imparted. Wisdom that a wise man attempts to…
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