Right View: Seeing the World Through Buddha’s Eyes

May 15, 2013 | Huffington Post Religion

By: Richard Lewis

Right Intention and Right View (or, as I prefer to say, Awakened Intention and Awakened View) are the first two practices of the Eightfold Path. Together they comprise the wisdom aspect of the path. They are, in a sense, a way to see the world through Buddha's eyes. Awakened Intention is key, because it provides the proper motivation for taking up the Eightfold Path in the first place. Prince Siddharta left home and became a spiritual seeker for one compelling reason: to understand the needless suffering human beings cause themselves and others and to find a way to assuage it. In modern parlance, we could say he was asking, "Why is the world so messed up? Why are people so selfish and cruel to each other?" Or in the words of Los Angeles riot victim Rodney King, "Why can't we all just get along?"...

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