Right Understanding (or Right View)
Understanding (or Right View) is the ability to understand the nature of things exactly as they are, without
delusion or distortion.
we hold wrong views, misunderstanding the nature of reality, then our thoughts, speech, actions, and plans will
come forth from this misunderstanding, bringing unhappiness and suffering.
we cultivate the Right View of reality, our thoughts, speech, actions, and plans will come forth from this Right
Understanding, bringing happiness and freedom from suffering.
our self-centered desires, needs, expectations, or fears onto life—being satisfied and happy when things go our
way, and upset if they do not—is wrong understanding. With Right Understanding, we correctly perceive the
interdependent, impermanent, ever-changing nature of life.
realize lasting happiness and satisfaction do not come from anything external. In addition, we understand the
wholesome, life-affirming actions that bring benefit to all beings, as well as the unwholesome, negative actions
which bring suffering.
Right Understanding requires our full comprehension of the Four Noble Truths, which explain the nature of
Through Right Understanding we cultivate wisdom, an essential aspect of the Path.
Source: Used with permission from Neil Cohen at Naljor Prison
Dharma Service, PO Box 1177, Mount Shasta CA 96067.
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