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The Eightfold Path taught by the Buddha does not belong to any sect or school. If we were to single out one truth as the key to the Buddha's teachings it would be the Fourth Noble Truths — the truth of the way, the way to the end of Dukkha — the Noble Eightfold Path.

That path includes morality, meditation and wisdom (prajna).

In the Eightfold Path wisdom consists of right view and right intention. In this section we present teachings on wisdom from across the spectrum of Buddhist traditions, both old and modern.

Teachings on wisdom are found throughout the DharmaNet Learning Center.

Compassion and Wisdom
Ven. Khandro Rinpoche
The human heart is basically very compassionate, but without wisdom, compassion will not work. Wisdom is the openness that lets us see what is essential and most effective.

Living the Compassionate Life
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
As human beings we all have the potential to be happy and compassionate people, and we also have the potential to be miserable and harmful to others. The potential for all these things is present within each of us.

Compassion and the Individual
H.H Dalai Lama
Wisdom, says Judy Lief, is not about answers. It's about the power of questioning, about developing a great inquisitiveness that cuts through all solidity and self-deception.

The Sharp Sword of Prajna
Judy Lief
Wisdom is not about answers. It's about the power of questioning, about developing a great inquisitiveness that cuts through all solidity and self-deception.

Awakening Compassion
Ken McLeod
"At the core is compassion and emptiness." This key phrase from the Tibetan mahayana tradition says that compassion is as fundamental to our being as the indefinability of being itself and that the open, fluid, and inexpressible quality of being is itself compassion.

37 Practices of a Bodhisattva
Ken McLeod
"All suffering comes from the wish for your own happiness,
Perfect Buddhas are born from the thought to help others.”
The 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva was a text written by Ngolchu Thogme Rinpoche (1295-1369 CE) on the Mahayana practice of developing bodhicitta and living one’s life as a Bodhisattva.

The Great Love
Lewis Richmond

The Compassionate Life
The Dalai Lama
Beginning with a motivational discussion about cultivating love and compassion then moving onto specific techniques for doing so. the Dalai Lama integrates compassionate living with lessons on "The Bodhisattva Way" and "The Eight Verses for Training the Mind" (which delve into handling negative emotions and recognizing the illusion of reality).

Generosity
Sharon Salzberg
Giving up, giving in, just plain giving—Sharon Salzberg says that’s the truly transformative experience. Generosity opens our heart, frees us from attachment and is the basis of all good qualities. It’s the foundation of the Buddhist path.