Right View Dharma Talk

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Video of the Right View from the Buddha’s Noble Eightfold Path Dharma Talk
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The word drsti is normally translated as understanding, so the first part of the Buddha’s Eightfold Path is usual presented as Right Understanding.
But drsti comes from a root word meaning ‘to see’, ‘sight’, ‘view’ or ‘vision’.
View or vision are probably the best ways to translate drsti.
When we’re starting out on this journey, we need to take up a new view. A different perspective about life and ourselves. Not a belief. But a way of looking at people, places and situations.
What’s included in this new view or perspective?
First and foremost is to know that within you and I, everyone, we all have Buddha Nature. We all have this tremendous potential but we don’t know it. It’s covered up, hidden from view by our own karma and selfish tendencies. It’s obscured by greed, hatred and delusion.
And because it is obscured, because we don’t know that this potential is there, we act out in ways that cause harm not only to others but to ourselves as well.
This is the second aspect of this curious looking at our own lives. We see how we are hurting in some way. There’s some sort of pain, some sort of desire, some form of stress, some sort of unease that is causing us to not allow our Buddha Nature to shine.
And since we are suffering in some way, that suffering spills over onto others. We hurt people with our words and actions. We selfishly cling to our self-centered point of view. We become a poison to the world.
And then we can step back a bit and see that everyone’s hurting in some way. Be it pressure at work, debt, illness, fatigue, whatever it may be – we’re all compromised in some way. Everyone has forgotten their own inherent Buddha Nature and because of that are suffering and causing other people to suffer in some way.
Once we begin to see that – we can see how our thoughts, words and actions can and do shape our lives.

By Ian Marshall

Ian Paul Marshall has been initiated by the Dalai Lama, is trained in Zen as transmitted through the teachings of the Venerable Dr. Thich Thien-An and Seung Sahn Dae Jong Sa and is the founder of based out of Toronto, Canada.