C O N S E C R A T I O N
"Just as if one faring through the forest,
through the great wood, should see an ancient path,
an ancient road traversed by people of former times,
and this path should lead to an ancient city
with beautiful gardens, pools and groves;
even so have I seen an ancient path,
an ancient road traversed by
the rightly enlightened ones
of former times.
And what is this ancient path?
It is the noble eightfold path, that is:
right view, right intention,
right speech, right action, right livelihood,
right effort, right mindfulness, right concentration.
Having fully come to know this path,
I have established this way of Well-being for the welfare of all."
Samyutta-Nikaya II, p.74
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