FOUR NOBLE TRUTHS
The Four Noble Truths represent the core of
the teachings of the Buddha, and are as follows:
The First Noble Truth
Unsatisfactoriness and suffering exist and
are universally experienced.
The Second Noble Truth
Desire and attachment are the causes of
unsatisfactoriness and suffering.
The Third Noble Truth
There is an end to
unsatisfactoriness and suffering.
The Fourth Noble Truth
The end can be attained by
journeying on the Noble Eightfold Path.
NOBLE EIGHTFOLD PATH
1. Right View
See things as they truly are without delusions or distortions
for all things change. Develop wisdom by knowing how things
work, knowing oneself and others.
2. Right Intention
Wholehearted resolution and dedication to overcoming the
dislocation of self-centered craving through the development
of loving kindness, empathy and compassion.
3. Right Speech
Abstinence from lies and deceptions, backbiting, idle
babble and abusive speech. Cultivate honesty and
truthfulness; practice speech that is kind and benevolent.
Let your words reflect your desire to help, not harm others.
Practice self-less conduct that reflects the highest
statement of the life you want to live. Express conduct
that is peaceful, honest and pure showing compassion
for all beings.
5. Right Livelihood
Avoidance of work that causes suffering to others or that
makes a decent, virtuous life impossible. Do not engage
in any occupation that opposes or distracts one from the
path. Love and serve our world through your work.
6. Right Effort
Seek to make the balance between the exertion of following
the spiritual path and a moderate life that is not over-zealous.
Work to develop more wholesome mind states, while gently
striving to go deeper and live more fully.
7. Right Mindfulness
Through constant vigilance in thought, speech and action
seek to rid the mind of self-centered thoughts that separate
and replace them with those that bind all beings together.
Be aware of your thoughts, emotions, body and world as they
exist in the present moment. Your thoughts create your reality.
8. Right Concentration
Through the application of meditation and mental discipline seek
to extinguish the last flame of grasping consciousness and develop
an emptiness that has room to embrace and love all things.
I think you've got the wrong stick altogether, never mind which end! :-S
> End of what story? :-D
So it becomes natural.
If you want. :-)
As to law, I'd say it's like a knife.
You can use it to maim people, or just carve tables.
It's not the tool that causes harm, it's how you use it.
Not that I'm questioning your decision, but the reason you gave was a probably a little... :-)
Last thing I'd say is that I used to sort of look at it in a progress report sort of way and I think I found myself expecting too much of myself, and trying to "be" rather than just "being" and sort of...
Well you know, if I went through a phase of finding I was good in one way, when that phase was over, I'd get the feeling I was failing...
Or if I made expectations on how I should be, I'd sort of get mixed up between being that and being myself...
Not that you should change it all based on what I said or anything, just sharing my idea's and experience...
sort of. :-)
> 1. Right View
> See things as they truly are without delusions or distortions
> for all things change. Develop wisdom by knowing how things
> work, knowing oneself and others.
Progress report: 50% I think ive got myself, other people are always more difficult, i'm trying to accept and become more trusting of what i'm told.
> 2. Right Intention
> Wholehearted resolution and dedication to overcoming the
> dislocation of self-centered craving through the development
> of loving kindness, empathy and compassion.
Progress report: 70% I still have my wants, but they are secondary to other peoples.
> 3. Right Speech
> Abstinence from lies and deceptions, backbiting, idle
> babble and abusive speech. Cultivate honesty and
> truthfulness; practice speech that is kind and benevolent.
> Let your words reflect your desire to help, not harm others.
Progress report: 90% Very rarely broken and anything i say is never said with any malice, honesty, well i dont lie, if i dont want you to know something i will simply not say anything.
> 4.Right Action
> Practice self-less conduct that reflects the highest
> statement of the life you want to live. Express conduct
> that is peaceful, honest and pure showing compassion
> for all beings.
Progress report: 70% I feel i'm going backwards on this, i dont feel i'm as caring, loving or as helpful i was, almost apathy sometimes.
> 5. Right Livelihood
> Avoidance of work that causes suffering to others or that
> makes a decent, virtuous life impossible. Do not engage
> in any occupation that opposes or distracts one from the
> path. Love and serve our world through your work.
Progress report: 80% Well i never went for a law course because i'm aware of the suffering they can cause, i wanted no part in it. I think psychologist is a pretty good career path.
> 6. Right Effort
> Seek to make the balance between the exertion of following
> the spiritual path and a moderate life that is not over-zealous.
> Work to develop more wholesome mind states, while gently
> striving to go deeper and live more fully.
Progress report: 50% Failing miserably at one half of this, i'm happy with my spirtuality, i'm not happy outside of that as i have no life currently but i'm building it.
> 7. Right Mindfulness
> Through constant vigilance in thought, speech and action
> seek to rid the mind of self-centered thoughts that separate
> and replace them with those that bind all beings together.
> Be aware of your thoughts, emotions, body and world as they
> exist in the present moment. Your thoughts create your reality.
Progress report: 60% This is the one that i'm most aware of the improvement, i'm very aware of when i'm being self obcessed now(like this post) i try desperatly not to upset anyone carelessly or by reacting, although i need to get rid of my paranoia.
> 8. Right Concentration
> Through the application of meditation and mental discipline seek
> to extinguish the last flame of grasping consciousness and develop
> an emptiness that has room to embrace and love all things.
Progress report :60% The main one as far as i'm concerned, I don't break as easily as i used to, and i'm gradually letting go of getting easily upset although i should be more forgiving, as for meditation that has never been my way but i can shut down and retreat into my mind, i never used to be able to.
So basically it's letting go of natural reactions, fear, paranoia and anything that causes you harm or makes you uncomfortable.
Makes sense, i've looked down that list and most of them i'm well on the way to, only in moments of stress do i break, which makes sense, i've always been quite reactionary as i'm sure some people have noticed but ive been trying to let it go and for the most part i have done.
Buddhism is a path of practice and spiritual development leading to Insight into the true nature of life. Buddhist practices such as meditation are means of changing oneself in order to develop the qualities of awareness, kindness, and wisdom. The experience developed within the Buddhist tradition over thousands of years has created an incomparable resource for all those who wish to follow a path - a path which ultimately culminates in Enlightenment or Buddhahood.
Because Buddhism does not include the idea of worshipping a creator God, some people do not see it as a religion in the normal, Western sense. The basic tenets of Buddhist teaching are straightforward and practical: nothing is fixed or permanent; actions have consequences; change is possible. Thus Buddhism addresses itself to all people irrespective of race, nationality, or gender. It teaches practical methods (such as meditation) which enable people to realise and utilise its teachings in order to transform their experience, to be fully responsible for their lives and to develop the qualities of Wisdom and Compassion.
There are around 350 million Buddhists and a growing number of them are Westerners. They follow many different forms of Buddhism, but all traditions are characterised by non-violence, lack of dogma, tolerance of differences, and, usually, by the practice of meditation .
There's a little more to Buddhism than being mindful of your energy, but yeah, meditation can help you focus your Chi.
Anywho, isn't Tai Chi Taoist, rather than Zen Buddhist? :-P
Not that it really matters.
In the end they're both pretty much different versions of the same thing. :-)