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Keys to Natural Truth

Keys to Natural Truth

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Keys to Natural Truth
Buddhadasa Bhikkhu
 
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 Editor's Foreword The tragedy of human life is that it is such a mystery to us who live it. The source, the basis, the meaning, and the purpose of our lives are unknown to most of us, which prevents us from living fully, wholly, happily, Although it should not and need not be so,distorted vision and out-of control thoughts turn ordinary life into a secret. Even this lifewhich each of us calls "my own" is obscured by the confusion and turmoil of emotions, beliefs, opinions, and misunderstandings. Not knowing life, we live it incorrectly and inconflict with nature and its truth. Such living is stunted, cramped, petty, selfish, andsorrow-ridden. How are we to step free of that into the peace, coolness, and joy that weknow is natural and right?Certain beings are deeply moved to clear up this mystery and it tragic pain. The Buddhais one who succeeded perfectly, both for himself and for all humanity. His success camethrough the direct realization of the Dhamma, the Natural Truth which frees the heartfrom all misery and problems. As a natural consequence of his awakening, he dedicatedhis life to helping others awaken. In his own words, "The Dhamma has been preachedwell by us, thus: like something upside-down, it has been set right; like something closed,it has been opened; it has been proclaimed resoundingly; the ragged edges have been cutaway."Explaining and pointing out the way to Natural Truth is all one being can do for another, but it is enough to help us clear up the mystery of our own lives and find peace. Yet weoften fail to understand his gift. This failure is caused by our opinions, lack of awareness,laziness, apathy, and so on. The keys in this book, then, are intended to help open a clear and liveable path through our confusion and weakness into a correct understanding of Dhamma (Natural Truth), so that the Dhamma in turn may illuminate life, reveal itssecret, and quench all suffering (dukkha).There are five articles or "keys" here. The first, "Kalama Sutta, Help Us!" sets out afundamental attitude of Buddhism: we should believe something only after examining it,thinking it through carefully, trying it out, and finding for ourselves that it is correct. TheBuddhist path of wisdom is meaningless for those who ignore this principle; they turn itinto something else. This key comes from a series of pamphlets recently written by AjahnBuddhadasa and called "Saccasara From Suan Mokkh." (sacca means "truth" and sarameans both "essence" and "message"). The translation here was begun by Dr. Supaphan Na Bangchang and finished by the editor."Two Kinds of Language," the second key, was translated in 1970 by Roderick Bucknell(at that time Ariyananda Bhikkhu) and has been long out of print. The third key,"Looking Within," was translated in 1978 by the same translator, and is now publishedfor the first time. Both of these keys help us to apply the principle of the Kalama Sutta."Two Kinds of Language" shows how to discriminate between the two levels of languagewhich are intertwined in all spiritual speech and literature. Both levels of language must

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