train and practice

June 28, 2011

The first three practices of the eightfold path are right view, right intention, and right speech. These make right conduct possible, and when there is right conduct, there can be meditation practice and mindfulness, which lead to wisdom, thereby reinforcing right view.

So from the first, the Buddha saw that our language conditions our spirituality through our views, intentions, and uttered words, and that training in an increased awareness of this process has to be the starting point for spiritual practice.

– Zoketsu Norman Fischer

2 Responses to “train and practice”


  1. Today I did not manage quite as skillfully as yesterday. Thank goodness my training emphasizes compassion for myself when I fall short of my aspiration. As Jack Kornfield said…maybe in After the Ecstasy, the Laundry… if you think you’re enlightened, try spending a week with your parents.


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