Friday, October 20, 2006

The Characteristics of Buddhist Way of Life
1. Avoiding extreme passions and luxury
2. Avoiding extreme self-torture

The Universal Truths of Life
1. The noble truth of pain:_ birth is painful; old age is painful; sickness is painful; death is painful; sorrow, lamentation, dejection and despair are painful; contact with unpleasant things is painful; and not getting what one wishes is painful.
2. The noble truth of the cause of pain:_ the craving for passion; and seeking pleasure here and there.
3. The noble truth of the cessation of pain:_ non-attachment of the mind to cravings for pleasure and passion.
4. The noble truth of the way that leads to the cessation of pain:_ this is the noble eightfold way

The Noble Eightfold Way
1.correct understanding of life
2.correct intentions in life
3.correct speech
4.correct action
5.correct livelihood
6.correct attention
7.correct concentration
8. correct meditation.
Do not be led by reports, or tradition, or hearsay. Be not led by the authority of religious texts, nor by considering appearances, nor by seeming possibilities; not even by the idea of the teacher.
But when you know for youselves that certain things are unwholesome and wrong, and bad, then give them up ... And when you know for youselves that certain things are wholesome and good, then accept them and follow them.


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