Agnostic – ag·nos·tic
1. a person who believes that nothing is known or can be known of the existence or nature of God or of anything beyond material phenomena; a person who claims neither faith nor disbelief in God. (synonyms: skeptic, doubter, doubting Thomas, cynic; unbeliever, nonbeliever, rationalist)
The FOUR NOBEL TRUTHS & EIGHT FOLD PATH
- All life knows suffering. Nobody lives a life without suffering. Birth, Death, Aging, Illness, Disappointment…
- The cause of suffering is Desire. The problem exists within our minds. Simply by wanting circumstances to be different is the cause of suffering .
- There is a way to end suffering. This is very much like Step 2 of the 12 Steps of Recovery in which believing a solution exists and looking to rely on it.
- This is the way to end suffering: The Eightfold Path.
- Right View/ Right Understanding Learning the nature of reality and the truth about life. Learning to see that everything has many perspectives, not just yours.
- Right Thought/Right Aspiration Making the commitment to living in such a way that our suffering can end.
- Right Effort Just Do It. No Excuses.
- Right Speech Speaking the truth in a helpful and compassionate way.
- Right Behavior/ Right Conduct Living a life consistent with our values.
- Right Livelihood Earning a living in a way that doesn’t hurt others.
- Right Mindfulness Recognizing the value of the moment; living where we are. Recognizing that the mind wanders away and learning to bring it back to here and now.
- Right Meditation/Right Concentration Expanding our consciousness through meditation.