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”Earnest among thosewho are indolent, awakeamong those who slumber,the wise advance like arace horse, leaving oth-ers behind…The earnest are always respected, theindolent never.” “Go beyond both pleasureand pain.” ”They are not wise whosethoughts are not steady and minds not serene, whodo not know dharma, thelaw of life. They are wisewhose thoughts are steady and minds serene, unaf-fected by good and bad.They are awake and freefrom fear.”
NoTes & quoTes
verses can be read and appreciated simply as wise philosophy; as such, they are part o thegreat literature o the world. But or those who would ollow it to the end,
is a sure guide to nothing less than the highest goal lie can oer: sel-realization.”
The Four Noble Truths
Buddha’s Four Noble Truths orm the core o Buddhism. They are:Lie is ull o suering.1.The cause o suering is selsh desire.2.Suering can be relieved.3.The relie o suering can be achieved by ollowing the eightold path.4.
“Lie is suering”?
mean?Buddha established the act that lie will always involve a certain amount o suering.We will all get old, get sick and die. Our possessions will break and so will some o ourrelationships. According to Buddha, that’s just how it is.The act that these things happen do not account or why we are unhappy, however. Weare unhappy because we ght against it. We cling to our sense o how things should be(see the Big Idea on “dukkha”), or how we want them to be. It is this
to expec-tations that presents the problem. Only by dealing with the act that lie is unpredictable--and will oten bring pain and undesirable events--can we become “non-attached” andavoid the suering that plagues most people.
Nirvana & The Bodhisattva
The literal Sanskrit root o the word nirvana means “a blowing out” or “extinction.” InBuddhism, nirvana represents the highest state o consciousness in which all selshdesires and attachments are no longer present. The point beyond nirvana that I alwaysthought was cool: the idea o a “Bodhisattva”one who reaches his or her own enlighten-ment and chooses to return to the world in service to all sentient beings--committed toresting when all beings are happy and ree.
The Eightfold Path
According to Buddhism, the key to ending suering and achieving nirvana is to ollow the“eightold path”: right views, right resolve, right speech, right action, right livelihood, righteort, right mindulness, and right concentration.(That was quick. For more on Buddhism, Google it. :)And now let’s jump in to some Big Ideas!
What Are You Thinking?
“Our lie is shaped by our mind; we become what we think.”Those are LITERALLY the rst words o the entire book. “Our lie is shaped by our mind;we become what we think.”Wow. Begs the question: What are you thinking?Is it what you want your lie shaped by?