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.
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.
The four noble truths are called truths because they aren’t required to be accepted on faith. They can be examined though experience to be discovered to be true statements about the nature of all phenomena. So in today’s episode I give more examples of applying the truths and the teachings to live a happier life.
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 another catch up episode I finish with a few comments on the middle path and give my thoughts on the first noble truth.
The Four Noble Truths are the first teaching of the Buddha Shakyamuni. Today I bring my talks about Step 3 and Spirituality to where I was first introduced to the teaching of the Buddha. I share a beginning to my understanding and how I saw a relationship to the wisdom of the Program of AA and the 12 steps.