The Buddhist tradition offers a system to be used as a path toward liberation from suffering. Of course it takes work and isn’t necessarily easy. But in this talk, Michael McAlister discusses how we can use the Eightfold Path, and even some derivations, to get us more deeply into the work. He uses a traditional Tibetan thanka, featured on the left, as a descriptor and also offers up pointers as any committed practitioner begins to work with each of the components of the path. He goes on to suggest that diligently working with the guidance offered by the Eightfold Path offers us a way to step off of samsara’s wheel, thus entering the open field of awakening.