Monday, August 23, 2010

first noble truth

I spouted the usual formation, "life is suffering," to my friends who are not Buddhists,and they felt otherwise, they felt that life was pretty good.

So I had to dredge out what sucks--death, illness, not getting what you want...

They felt that was a negative focus. They admitted they were true, but they say it as balancing out the good things, an almost Taoist view.

So here's my reformulation of the first noble truth: we cause unnecessary suffering by resisting reality.

Bante's book on the 8 fold path, has changed it's name from Vision and Transformation to The Buddha's Noble Eightforld Path. It's good, I've read it many times.

Here's a link for 2 rupas in Chicago

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