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Noble Eightfold Path
2. Right Intention
While right view refers to the cognitive aspect of wisdom, right intention refers to the volitional aspect, i.e. the kind of mental energy that controls our actions. Right intention can be described best as commitment to ethical and mental self-improvement.
Buddha distinguishes three types of right intentions:
- The intention of renunciation, which means resistance to the pull of desire,
- The intention of good will, meaning resistance to feelings of anger and aversion, and
- The intention of harmlessness, meaning not to think or act cruelly, violently, or aggressively, and to develop compassion.
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