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.
The fourth step of Alcoholics Anonymous is about me taking a good long look at myself and my behavior. Well once I began studying Buddhism I saw how this is just like looking at root causes and the causes of suffering in my life.
In the second Noble Truth of the Buddha he states that the cause of all our suffering is our own desires. Another way to describe this that helps me to better understand it and work toward alleviating it is to think of desires as expectations. So that is what today’s episode is about; I can reduce my suffering (stress) by controlling my expectations. I give several examples of how I’m doing just that.
Today I further discuss root causes because for me this is a great way to look at my behavior and work to making better choices.
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