The First Noble Truth of Buddhism is that life is duhkha (Sanskrit; in Pali, dukkha). Duhkha is any of a number of negative things: pain, misery, anxiety, suffering, dissatisfaction…the list goes on and on. Basically, the First Noble Truth is that “Life Sucks.”
I’ve been able to accept the First Noble Truth in an abstract way for quite some time. Shitty things happen. That’s life. The world sucks. Life sucks. However, a few days ago, I was having a minor anxiety attack for no real reason at all. Why was I feeling so shitty, when I’m so much better off than everyone else I know? Why was I unhappy when I had no reason to be?
Then, the First Noble Truth hit me in the face.
Life is duhkha.
And my anxiety melted away.
The First Noble Truth made me accept that there will be times when I am not OK…and that’s OK. It’s to be expected. It’s OK to not be OK! You know why? Because that’s how life is. Life is duhkha.
The Four Noble Truths
1. The Truth of Suffering:
2. The Truth of the Origin of Suffering
3. The Truth of Cessation of Suffering
4. The Truth of the Path of Liberation from Suffering
The Eightfold Path
1. Right View
2. Right Intention
3. Right Speech
4. Right Action
5. Right Livelihood
6. Right Effort
7. Right mindfulness
8. Right concentration
The Four Dharma Seals*
The Three Marks of Existence
* Sometimes (2) is omitted, thus making Three Dharma Seals.
Guess what I found at the local antique market? Happy Anniversary!
They’re playing our song.
I had my first real vision of Saraswati the other day, while I was meditating. She seemed very pleased that I finally managed it. ❤
What is all this fuss about “nature”? What is it, even? Nature eats her young, her frail, her elders. Nature is cruel. Are you “nature-centric”? Good for you. I am not; I simply affirm that she exists. I affirm that death exists, and birth, but I am the bringer of culture to Man, I am she who brought you letters and art and warmth from the cold harsh winters that made you starve your young on hillsides. What is so wonderful about “nature” that made you do that?
– Saraswati, on the romanticizing of nature