The Four Noble Truths

These are the four noble truths of Buddhism. Burn them into your mind.

  1. There is Dukkha (unsatisfactoriness)
  2. Dukkha has a cause
  3. Therefore, Dukkha has an end
  4. There is a path to the end of Dukkha

Dukkha is the inherent unsatisfactoriness in life. That no matter what we have, it isn't enough.

The cause of dukkha is tanha (this literally translates to thirst but is more accurately desire, craving or longing). Tanha is that no matter what we attain or achieve we always want more. Our pleasures and successes are fleeting.

The end or cessation of dukkha is Nibbana (more commonly known as the Sanskrit, Nirvana). The extinguishing of the flames of desire. When X ceases, so does Y. When tanha fades, so does dukkha. Nibbana is not something you can attain. It is something you already have. Your reality as is, is already Nibbana. The opposite of Nibbana, Samsara, is an unreality. It is a construct that you fabricate. The notion that this present moment is not enough. When the veils of thought, emotion and mental effort subside the peace that is your true nature emerges like how the sky does when the clouds part. Ironically, the seeking, the striving towards happiness, is what caused you to overlook the peace that was already there.

The path to the end of dukkha, is the Dhamma, the Buddha's teachings. These involve training yourself to pay closer attention to your present experience. What is it like to be you in this instant? What about now? This continual bringing of the attention away from one's desires of past and future (the unreality) and toward the present (the reality) is what we need to train ourselves to do. This can be called meditation.


Where happiness lies

We are all seeking happiness. For ourselves and also for others. But where is happiness? I believe that this poem points in the right direction.

It is called: Free and easy

Happiness cannot be found
through great effort and willpower
but is already present, in open relaxation and letting go.

Don’t strain yourself,
there is nothing to do or undo.
Whatever momentarily arises in the body-mind
has no real importance at all,
has little reality whatsoever.
Why identify with, and become attached to it,
passing judgement upon it and ourselves?

Far better to simply
let the entire game happen on its own,
springing up and falling back like waves –
without changing or manipulating anything –
and notice how everything vanishes and
reappears, magically, again and again,
time without end.

Only our searching for happiness
prevents us from seeing it.
It’s like a vivid rainbow which you pursue without ever catching
or a dog chasing its own tail

Although peace and happiness do not exist
as an actual thing or place,
it is always available
and accompanies you every instant

Don’t believe in the reality
of good and bad experiences;
they are like today’s ephemeral weather,
like rainbows in the sky.

Wanting to grasp the ungraspable,
you exhaust yourself in vain.
As soon as you open and relax this tight fist of grasping,
infinite space is there – open, inviting and comfortable.

Make use of this spaciousness, this freedom and natural ease.
Don’t search any further.
Don’t go into the tangled jungle looking for the great awakened elephant,
who is already resting quietly at home
in front of your own hearth

Nothing to do or undo,
nothing to force,
nothing to want,
and nothing missing –

Emaho! Marvellous!
Everything happens by itself.


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