Translating Classical Buddhism to Modern English

The Related Discourses

13. The Factors of the Noble Path

This group of sutras has the common theme of describing the eight factors of the noble path, which in English is commonly called the eightfold path. These factors are right view, right intention, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and right concentration. These eight factors serve as a guide to the Buddhist practice, and the eightfold path is the definition of the fourth noble truth.

This group consists of 46 full sutras plus 68 abbreviated sutra variants. The material covers fascicles 28 and 29 in Taisho No. 99. Below is a list of the English translations currently available.

See the notes listed in the introduction to the Aggregates regarding conventions followed in the list below.