Deus non alligatur. God is not bound. Nibbanam paramam sukham. Unbinding is the Highest Happiness. The Heart is Divinity. God is the primal radiance of Divinity. Nature is the primal manifestation of Divinity. The Buddha is the primal realization of Divinity. La ilaha il Allah. Allah is Complete Wholeness.

17 May 2007

The Truth of Dukkha

One can define 'dukkha' as 'suffering', but that word 'suffering' doesn't fully capture the wide range of meanings circulating around 'dukkha'. And for lay-people, 'suffering' doesn't work as well as it could. Below is an alternative reading of the Four Noble Truths and 'dukkha':

The truth of dukkha.
The truth of the origin of dukkha.
The truth of the ending of dukkha.
The truth of the way to the ending of dukkha.

Now this is the truth of dukkha: lack of faith is dukkha, fear is dukkha, hatred is dukkha; pride, covetousness, lust, anger, greed, envy, and sloth are dukkha; repulsion of the undesired is dukkha; bondage to the desired is dukkha; frustration at not getting what is wanted is dukkha. In short, the lack of devotion, the lack of awareness, the lack of creativity, and the lack of accomplishment are dukkha.

And this is the truth of the origination of dukkha: the lack of love that makes for further feelings of lack, and for the craving for phenomena: the craving for sensual pleasure, the craving for knowledge, and the craving for emptiness.

And this is the truth of the cessation of dukkha: the remainderless fading and cessation, renunciation, relinquishment, release, and letting go of that very lack of love.

And this is the truth of the way of practice leading to the cessation of dukkha: precisely this Eightfold Path: full view, full intention, full speech, full action, full work, full effort, full concentration, and full awareness.

[Inspired by the traditional formulation of the Buddhist Four Noble Truths.]

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