Is The Noble Eightfold Path “Right”?

I found this really nice quotation recently in a book titled The Best Way to Catch a Snake by Karma Yeshe Rabgye:

I also want to say something about the use of the word ‘right’ in describing the eight elements of the [Noble Eightfold] path.  The word in Pali [language] is samma, and ‘right’ is the way it was been translated into English, but it doesn’t capture the meaning quite accurately.  The world right sounds moralistic and makes one think in terms of right and wrong, or correct and incorrect, but that is not how the Buddha intended it to be.  ‘Appropriate’ would be a much better word.  Appropriate actions will lead you away from dukkha, whereas inappropriate actions will lead to more dukkha.  So please bear this in mind when you study the Noble Eightfold Path. (pg. 131)

This is probably one of the best explanations of the Eightfold Path I have come across.  Enjoy!  🙂

P.S. For more on the meaning of the Buddhist term dukkha, see my last post for more detail.


Author: Doug

A fellow who dwells upon the Pale Blue Dot who spends his days obsessing over things like Buddhism, KPop music, foreign languages, BSD UNIX and science fiction.

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