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Buddha, The Word: The Eightfold Path by Nyanatiloka

By Nyanatiloka

Buddha, The Word discusses the lessons of Guatama Buddha. The 4 Noble Truths train that discomfort is inherent in lifestyles, yet that via acknowledging the origins of anguish and following the Eightfold direction, affliction will be ceased. The Eightfold direction teaches how knowing, suggestion, speech, motion, livelihood, attempt, mindfulness and focus can all be undertaken with rightness.

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A . ," he said . "Each doctor has his own style, his own way of doing things . '' I did not press Richard further. Medicine was not meta­ physics . Truth was never absolute . I would follow his lead . As expected, Frances had some nausea and dry heaves over the weekend, but these were tempered with antiemetic medication . She seemed in good spirits despite the side effects . "I ' m a fighter," she said . "Have been all my life . I passed through all sorts of diffi­ culties. " - 3 3 - THE ANATOMY OF H OPE Sharon looked at her mother with a mixture of pride and worry.

There were moments, though , when I was reminded of Esther. Patients would not take their medicine or would fail to show up for an X ray. When they next came into the clinic , I would repeat my instructions and reiterate the necessity for the treatment or procedure , but I could see in their eyes a lack of light , in their face a cold indifference . I had little time , though-and , I had to admit to myself, little motivation-to probe deeply into why they seemed to be in despair, unable to take the necessary steps - 2 5 - THE ANATOMY Of HOPE toward better health .

Foster had convinced her to take the chemotherapy. I had been confused and perplexed by her intimacy with me, and by her despair, but even more confounded by my inability to reach her. It was part of my youthful hubris that I wanted to be the one responsible for her improvement-but I didn 't know what it took to give her hope . Dr. Foster did know, it appears, but such lessons weren't part of the curriculum . I wish I had learned what Dr. Foster told her and how he was able to finally break through .

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