What did Buddha mean by teaching the middle path or middle way?

QuestionsWhat did Buddha mean by teaching the middle path or middle way?
hydropowerman34 Staff asked 10 years ago

My friend asked me,but i had no idea how to help her. I really want to so can anyone let me know thanks! best answer for who gives great detail.

10 Answers
hydropowerman34 Staff answered 3 months ago

It means to take the path of the vagina. That’s how I interpret it anyways.

Rob Staff answered 3 months ago

It means having just enough that you need, not having luxuries, but not starving yourself, or anything.

accretion Staff answered 3 months ago

the path to enlightenment
elimination of the ego
becoming one with the universe and stuff

as far as I know, but I will star this
as I need to know more

Teh Buddhist Staff answered 3 months ago

It means you should not follow the path of an ascetic, abstaining from all pleasures, but on the other hand also not indulge too much in pleasure. Just live a normal life.

Buddha: “Monks, these two extremes ought not to be practiced by one who has gone forth from the household life. (What are the two?) There is addiction to indulgence of sense-pleasures, which is low, coarse, the way of ordinary people, unworthy, and unprofitable; and there is addiction to self-mortification, which is painful, unworthy, and unprofitable.

Avoiding both these extremes, the Tathagata (the Perfect One) has realized the Middle Path; it gives vision, gives knowledge, and leads to calm, to insight, to enlightenment and to Nibbana (nirvana). And what is that Middle Path realized by the Tathagata…? It is the Noble Eightfold path, and nothing else, namely: right understanding, right thought, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness and right concentration.”

Emily C Staff answered 3 months ago

He meant to avoid both hedonism and asceticism, but instead to live a lifestyle in between the two because it is the healthiest way to live

Mythnam Staff answered 3 months ago

It’s about striking a balance between luxury and poverty, pleasure and pain, etc. You don’t want to do anything extreme.

Denny M Staff answered 3 months ago

It’s a path basically of moderation . . . away from “extremes.” Employing the Noble Eight Fold path.

“Monks, these two extremes ought not to be practiced by one who has gone forth from the household life. (What are the two?) There is addiction to indulgence of sense-pleasures, which is low, coarse, the way of ordinary people, unworthy, and unprofitable; and there is addiction to self-mortification, which is painful, unworthy, and unprofitable.

“Avoiding both these extremes, the Tathagata (the Perfect One) has realized the Middle Path; it gives vision, gives knowledge, and leads to calm, to insight, to enlightenment and to Nibbana. And what is that Middle Path realized by the Tathagata…? It is the Noble Eightfold path, and nothing else, namely: right understanding, right thought, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness and right concentration.”

Q Staff answered 3 months ago

It simply means avoiding extremes. The Buddha grew up as a prince, lavished with every comfort he could have ever wanted. But then he left home and became a wandering ascetic, living on a grain of rice a day in hopes that denying his own body would lead him to enlightenment.

It was only after he realized that neither extreme led to awakening that he actually *did* awaken.

“The Middle Path” simply means keeping things in balance and harmony, with no extremes. It’s another way of expressing the balance of yin and yang.

Thamain P Staff answered 3 months ago

We must learn how to avoid both extremes & should always take the middle path in life becuase humans can be too good & can be too bad at the same time if we don’t have the peaceful awareness that we are more prone to do bad things. That’s my understanding of Buddha’s scripture on choosing the middle way.

LadyB Staff answered 3 months ago

Buddha means that we should avoid the radical or extreme position in all matters, i.e., we should not live without our needs but we should also not live above our means.

This process helps us stay on our paths….

Your Answer

13 + 8 =