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[dsg] The Buddha's Path, Ch 1, no 7.

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  • Nina van Gorkom
    Dear friends, The Buddha, when he was sitting under the Bodhi-tree, realized the four noble Truths: the Truth of suffering, the Truth of the origin of
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 2, 2009
      Dear friends,

      The Buddha, when he was sitting under the Bodhi-tree, realized the
      four noble Truths: the Truth of suffering, the Truth of the origin of
      suffering, the Truth of the ceasing of suffering, and the Truth of
      the Path leading to the ceasing of suffering. As to the Truth of
      suffering, this is not merely suffering caused by bodily and mental
      pain. The Truth of suffering pertains to all phenomena of life which
      are impermanent. They arise and then fall away immediately, and thus
      they cannot be our refuge. Suffering in this sense is the
      unsatisfactoriness inherent in all phenomena of life. Only when the
      arising and falling away of physical phenomena and mental phenomena
      can be directly experienced, can one begin to grasp the Truth of
      suffering.
      The Truth of the origin of suffering is craving. Craving in this
      sense is not only strong attachment or greed, it includes many shades
      and degrees of attachment. There is craving for pleasant colours,
      sounds, odours, flavours and tangible objects, for all that can be
      experienced through the senses. There is craving for the continuation
      of life. It is craving which conditions rebirth in new existences,
      again and again. Craving pushes beings on in the cycle of life, the
      continuation of rebirth and death. There is not only this present
      life, there were also past lives and there will be future lives. I
      will deal with this subject later on. So long as there are ignorance
      and clinging there are conditions for being in the cycle of birth and
      death. Through wisdom, understanding, there can be liberation from
      it. When there are no more conditions for rebirth, there is the end
      of old age, sickness and death, the end of all suffering.

      ******
      Nina.



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