Posts Tagged ‘suffering’
November 29th, 2009 · 1 Comment
Buddhism is; in respect to selflessness one of the most unique religions in history. Buddhism characteristically describes ‘existence’ in terms of process and relation rather than an entity or substance or creation, and therefore does not believe in the existence of a self or soul (considered the same) the idea of a separate soul is an invention of early church philosophers found in the west and is a philosophical notion of an immortal and immaterial essence left over at death.
It is important to understand the etymology of the modern idea for soul for the western mindset. Early Greek philosopher … (Read More)
Tags: anattā, anitya, dukkha, ego, greek, impermanence, Plato, selfishness, selflessness, suffering, Thomas Aquinas
What is the purpose of life? All religions attempt to answer this question. Buddhism is no different. The only difference is the answer that Buddhism offers
“One thing I teach: suffering & the end of suffering. It is just I’ll and the ceasing of Ill that I proclaim.”
The primary goal of most humans is to find a way to happiness. For the Buddhist faith the answer to the question, “What is the purpose of life?” is “To end suffering.” The Buddha teaches us is that human suffering is the result of attachment. We have been in a … (Read More)
Tags: dharma talk, four noble truths, happiness, impermamence, noble eightfold path, purpose, samsara, suffering
1. All life is suffering.
2. The origin of suffering is attachment.
3. Cessation of suffering is attainable.
4. There is a path to the cessation of suffering. The Eightfold Path is the way for cessation.
1. To live means we suffer.Because human nature is not perfect and the world we live in is not perfect we inevitably endure suffering. Suffering comes in many forms; sorrow, aggravation, sickness, injury, old age, and death. In life we also endure psychological sufferings, as well. Some of these are sadness, fear, disappointment and frustration and finally, depression. It must be said that even … (Read More)
Tags: death, dharma talk, enlightenment, four noble truths, nibbana, nirvana, noble eightfold path, old age, sickness, suffering
January 12th, 2008 · 6 Comments
Meditation is the cornerstone of Buddhist practice. It can not be overstated. The pure act of meditation is the vehicle by which self knowledge is achieved. We as practitioners of meditation, if we are to be successful, need to be aware of the factors that impede our personal achievements in meditation. Theravada Buddhism stresses the need for meditation using the technique known as Vipassana or Insight Meditation.
There are found in Buddhism chiefly two types of meditation techniques. The Buddha developed two interrelated systems of meditation which enabled him to achieve enlightenment. The first meditational system is called the … (Read More)
Tags: dharma talk, five hindrances, impermanence, metta, non-self, samadhi, suffering, vipassana