These past few episodes have been about exploring root causes of suffering and behavior. In my thoughts about it and my recent experiences the subject of values came up. I immediately saw how the importance we each place on our higher values is a guiding influence in our behavior and responses to events. Through meditation on my values influencing my decisions and behaviors I recognize once again how I am the cause of suffering in my life.
Realizing and understanding about True Happiness and that it’s source comes from within me and not from any outside source has been a big turning point in my sober life. That’s what I talk about in today’s episode.
The root causes of evil in the world are Greed, Hatred and Delusion. The root sources of joy in the world are the opposite of these, they are Generosity, Love and Wisdom.
The Buddha’s first teaching is the Four Noble Truths where by he introduces the root causes of suffering in the world. In today’s episode I share my experience as I began to understand these and change my thinking which resulted in changing my life.
Root Causes (are primarily) for the bad things in life are Greed, Hatred and Delusion and the good things are born out of the opposite Non-Greed (Generosity), Non-Hatred (Love) and Non-Delusion (Wisdom).
The Greatest Generosity is Non Attachment
The Greatest Quality is Seeking to Serve Others
The Greatest Wisdom is Seeing Through Appearances
Refer to book “The Roots of Good and Evil” by Nyanaponika Thera Published by INWARD PATH, Penang Malaysia
link to PDF: www.buddhanet.net/pdf_file/roots_goodevil.pdf
Buddha teaches that there are root causes for all things. Everything exists to ones mind and how it exists is based, in part, by root causes. This lesson has taught me to take my self reflection to deeper levels. This has served me in a way that I can now see the emotional state that my behaviors are born out of. I can look at these states and see that a craving or the desire to act a certain way is simply because I’m feeling a negative emotion.
Today’s episode begins talking about my realization with root causes but this is just the beginning as I better understand it for myself and find better ways to explain it.
This week I want to go back a bit to the beginning to add to the foundation of this program by talking about why it is that I turned to Buddhism for my religion and spiritual beliefs. I had the beliefs first and then I discovered for myself the religion of Buddhism. What I discovered matched my beliefs and was true for me.
Welcome to episode 100! Today I use it as an example of how events are just events but what those events are in my life is simply based on what meaning I give them. I also talk about the fourth noble truth and the eight-fold path of the Dharma.
Today I expand on what I began about the first teaching of the noble truth. I continue with the second noble truth and some examples of what it means to me. I share a little bit about how I use this teaching in my life.
In talking about the first teaching of the Buddha and the four noble truths the topic of impermanence will in inevitably come up.
I continue this weeks discussion about the middle way with examples of how I see parallels between Buddhism and The 12-Step Program as well as some of the tools of spirituality I use to find balance in my life.