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Integrating the Path

Module 11 of An Introduction to Buddhism

The path to Enlightenment is not a straight line.

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The Noble Eightfold Path: The Way to the End of Suffering – Bhikkhu Bodhi (.pdf) (.epub) (.mp3)

We return to mindfulness now after having thoroughly covered the previous steps of the Noble Eightfold Path. As you read, reflect on how your understanding of “mindfulness” has changed (if at all) since our second module.

Being Nobody, Going Nowhere: Meditations on the Buddhist Path – Ayya Khema (.pdf)

Chapter 4 introduces the Four “Divine Abidings”—the mature emotions of a wise and compassionate person.

Biography of Shakyamuni Buddha – Ven Master Hsing Yun (.pdf) (.epub) (.pdf) (.epub)

We continue with Chapters 37–38, which cover the story of two of the Buddha’s disciples who were able to change their ways.

SN 45.8 Vibhaṅga Sutta: Analysis (.pdf)

Here is the Canonical definition of the Noble Eightfold Path from the Buddha himself. Now that we’ve covered (most) of the Path in some depth, this should be (mostly) review.

I encourage you to keep this sutta open while listening to the lecture so you can follow along and anchor your understanding in the text.


The Noble Eightfold Path – Bhikkhu Bodhi (.ogg)

Further Reading

Ṭhānissaro Bhikkhu’s books are some of the most methodical explanations of the Buddhist path around. If you prefer a more philosophical work, I recommend starting with his book Noble Strategy and if you prefer a lighter tone, I recommend jumping right into his dhamma talks with the book Meditations 4.

All of Ṭhānissaro Bhikkhu’s books and talks can be found on his website,


This module’s homework questions can be found here. And the next module can be found at the link below 👇