IMPERMANENCE

The Four Noble Truths:
1.  All things and experiences are marked by suffering or disharmony and frustration (dukkha).
2.  The arising of suffering or disharmony or frustration comes from desire or craving and clinging.
3.  To achieve the cessation or end of suffering or disharmony or frustration, let go of desire or craving and clinging.
4.  The way to achieve that cessation of suffering or disharmony and frustration, is walking the Eightfold Path.

The eightfold path to the cessation of suffering:
1.  Right Understanding of the following facts:
•  the truth about suffering … (The Four Truths);
•  everything is impermanent and changes;
•  there is no separate individual self- this is an illusion. (We are one!)
2.  Right Determination to:
•  give up what is wrong and evil;
•  undertake what is good;
•  abandon thoughts that have to do with bringing suffering to any conscious being; cultivate thoughts of loving kindness, that are based on caring about others’ suffering, and sympathetic joy in others’ happiness.
3.  Right Speech:
•  Abstain from telling lies.
•  Abstain from talk that brings harm or discredit to others (such as backbiting or slander) or talk that creates hatred or disharmony between individuals and groups.
•  Abstain from harsh, rude, impolite, malicious, or abusive language.
•  Abstain from idle, useless, and foolish babble and gossip. Abstain from recrimination and negative statements.
•  Abstain from harsh speech—practice kindly speech.
•  Abstain from frivolous speech—practice meaningful speech.
•  Abstain from slanderous speech—practice harmonious speech.
•  Speak the truth if it is useful and timely. Practice only necessary speech. Let your speech be filled with loving kindness. Speak that which alleviates suffering.
4.  Right Action:
•  Peaceful, honorable conduct; abstain from dishonest dealings; take concrete steps necessary to foster what is good.
•  Do things that are moral, honest, and alleviate suffering. Do not do things that will bring suffering to others or yourself.
5.  Right Livelihood:
•  Abstain from making your living from an occupation that brings harm and suffering to humans or animals, or diminish their well being. This includes: activities that directly harm conscious beings, and activities that indirectly harm sentient beings, e.g., making weapons or poisons.
6.  Right Effort:
•  Foster good and prevent evil;
•  Work on yourself—be engaged in appropriate self-improvement. The essence of right effort is that everything must be done with a sense of proper balance that fits the situation. Effort should be balanced between trying too hard and not trying hard enough. For example, strike the balance between excessive fasting and over-indulgence in food. Trying hard to progress too rapidly gets poor results, as does not trying hard enough.
7.  Right Mindfulness or wakefulness:
•  Foster right attention.
•  Avoid whatever clouds our mental awareness (e.g., drugs).
•  Systematically and intentionally develop awareness.
8.  Right Concentration:
•  Developed by practicing meditation or mental focusing. Proper meditation must be done continuously while awake and should include work on awareness of body, emotions, thought, and mind objects.

reprinted from: Buddha‘s Teachings

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20 thoughts on “IMPERMANENCE

  1. I agree with wolfy and Jenn How easy do we forget even if we dont want to forget how we have to live the right way.
    I can say I try and do my best..Not easy also to use medidation..We dont have much teachers here in Belgium.
    I always say treat ppl in the way u would like to be treated.
    Enjoy the sunny sunday Eddie
    MJ

    • Struggle does not end because we are out of the womb. On Mother Earth a birthing of a different
      sort takes place and we evolve a remodeling of the human being.
      Each individual has their own role which plays a part in this process.

      Happy Mothers Day dear MJ. Thank you for your kind response.
      with love, Eddie

  2. Wiesz cierpienie nie zawsze jest tą drogą ,która uszlachetnia.Ciągłe cierpienie i ból zmieniają człowieka.Nie każdy potrafi sobie radzić z ciepieniem.Pomoc drugiego człowieka to czasami to aż tylko umięjętność milczenia i bycia z tym człowiekiem……..pozdrawiam

    • suffering seems to be a part of life all must endure.
      even Buddha suffered on his road to enlightenment
      we are thankful for the good friends along the way
      much love, Eddie
      cierpienia wydaje się być częścią życia, które wszystkie muszą znosić.nawet Buddy poniesionej na jego drogi oświecenia.Jesteśmy wdzięczna nie mamy dla dobrymi przyjaciółmi along the way

      • -wiesz co cierpienie chorego na nowotwór zmienia go,wiem bo przeszłam to z moją siostrą,która zmarała 6 miesięcy ………..

      • I hope your sister travels her life’s road with love and kindness with you always by her side

        Mam nadzieję, że Twoje siostra podróżuje drogi jej życia z miłością i uprzejmości z Tobą zawsze po jej stronie

  3. Eddie, what an imspiring post.. If only more would walk that path my friend, what a great world full of enlightened beings.. One which can create hope within our hearts..
    Love and Blessings Eddie.. this is indeed one Enlightened Post .. Love and Blessings.. ~Sue .. Have a great weekend.. xxxx Sue xx

    • one step, then another, as we walk our path
      each finding our way
      not all, not many find the road that leads this way
      even fewer remain steadfast along this road
      but one step, then another as we take the journey…home.
      always and forever, Eddie

  4. This is not an easy path Eddie! “The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak!” 😉 But it is good and right and if we really seek to act on it, inspiring, when we begin working towards such ends 🙂 x

    • I agree dearest friend. Your quote is perfect for explaining why.
      One almost needs to go to the desert to escape all the ‘temptations’ of life.
      This is why it may be called ‘work’ or ‘the great work’.
      love, Eddie

  5. i would love to be perfect like the four truths tell us but being human its hard i try to do good but we all have the ability to be mean sometimes i think most of us that are honest would love to be better people than we are hugs eddiei wish you well xjen

    • Thank you for your interest Jenny. Buddha’s path has been taught for millenia.
      It requires dedication and focus. The most avid studend needs to refresh regularly.
      There are many distractions in our world.
      love, Eddie

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