the 4 noble truths of Buddhism

Christ Suffering
Christ Suffering (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

1) there is a pattern of experience called suffering (which could also be called stress or even distress or worrying or aversion or simply fear or trauma or tension or, in the Sankrit language, dukkha)

2) the experience of suffering is a naturally-arising, conditional effect (a symptom)

3) Suffering is transitory (impermanent), so, in the absence of the conditions that produce suffering, the experience of suffering cannot endure.

4) The “middle way” of moderation recognizes the possibility of experiencing suffering, rather than avoiding the subject of suffering or trying to escape from the natural arising of suffering, which does not work anyway. Let suffering come and let it go. This is the way of moderation. This is the way of inclusiveness, wholeness, and holiness. This is the way of allowing, accepting, recognition, realization, being conscious. This could certainly be called the way of enlightenment or the way of grace or the way of the godly or the way of God.

Call it whatever! There are many ways of talking about it and different word sequences can all reference the same thing, but different words fit for different audiences. Be attentive to what fits, what works, what is functional, what is practical, what is relevant- including as it applies to alternatives for speaking, for economic activities, and even things for like emotional development and mental discernment.  Respond as the situation arises…do what fits for that situation…flow with the situation.

 The moment of revealing four noble truths by buddha 2600 years ago to 1st 5 disciples

Dhamekh Stupa, where the Buddha gave the first...

Dhamekh Stupa, where the Buddha gave the first sermon on the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path to his five disciples after attaining enlightenment at Bodh Gaya. Also seen behind the stupa in the left corner is the yellow-coloured spire of Digamber Jain temple, dedicated to 11th Jain Tirthankar, Shreyansanath, known to be his birth place. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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