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Life Sucks When We Are Being Stupid

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Here’s another article pulled from the CyberTemple archives.

The True Freedom Teachings of
The Four Noble Truths of Life:
(Life Sucks When We Are Being Stupid)

(note: loose translations of quotes of the Buddha are in Italics annotated with quotation marks)

1. Life sucks
“Now this is the Noble Truth concerning life sucking. Birth sucks, aging sucks, death sucks, sorrow, lamentation, pain, distress, & despair suck; not getting what one wants sucks. In short, the limited five aggregates suck that make up this human life.”

2. Life sucks for a reason
“And what is the Noble Truth of the origination of life sucking? The craving that creates further becoming, accompanied by chasing after lust and delight, relishing now here and now there, i.e. craving for sensuality, craving for existence, craving for non-existence.”

The Buddha told us that life sucks for a reason, and that we make our own lives suck. We make our lives suck by our constant chasing after excitement and our thinking that life sucks when it isn’t exciting. There is no possible way that life can be exciting all the time, and it is our wanting life to always be exciting even though it can never be that way; our wanting life to be other than it is; our own wrong thinking, that makes life suck so much. Our own trying to make life more than what it naturally is and can ever be; trying to get more out of life than what it has to offer, where we make our own lives suck.

3. Life doesn’t have to suck
“And what is the Noble Truth of the ending of life sucking? The abandoning and cessation, renunciation relinquishment, release, and letting go of the craving that causes life to suck.”

The Buddha says that life doesn’t have to suck, that if we stop being stupid life won’t suck anymore. If we look at this we can see that we make life suck ourselves (create our own turmoils). So if we stop being stupid by creating our own difficulties life won’t suck so much.

4. The path leading to the ending of life suckingDon’t Be Stupid!.

The Buddha described it as the Eightfold Path saying: “And what is the Noble Truth of the path of practice leading to the end of life sucking? Just this very Eightfold Path: right view, right aspiration, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, right concentration.”

That doesn’t mean that we should sit around trying to perfect each of these eight aspects individually. That would be being “Stupid”, it would take forever. Look back at the time of the Buddha…at the number of people who gained enlightenment…not a single one of these people had a Ph.D., so this path can’t be as complicated as most modern teachers make it out to be. Maybe they just like being important and in control, I don’t know, but it is not so difficult. Just Be Only The Heart the best you can, and be patient (but patience is not negligence). If we are patiently doing the best we can and not being negligent, we are practicing the entire Eightfold Path…it’s that simple. It just comes down to: Don’t Be Stupid…it’s not so difficult, so don’t make it difficult.

This short text may be freely reproduced and distributed, and this statement may be taken as sufficient permission to do so, there is no need to seek further permission. – 18 May 1997 by the True Freedom Cyber-Temple

Written by Karlie

January 26th, 2010 at 8:10 am

What do Buddhists believe?

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What is Buddhism? What’s religion?

It it not unusual for people to ask me“What do you (Buddhists) believe in?” I usually say that “it’s not important what I believe.” Generally people are not sure how to take that, but they are usually sure that I don’t believe that “it’s not important what I believe.” They usually just think I don’t wish to discuss it with them, and create some mental idea (predisposition) as to why. Usually people equate religion with theistic beliefs…so if I’m a Buddhist then I should have “Buddhist” beliefs. Buddhism is often regarded by theistic religions as atheistic, and sometimes not even a religion at all…it’s seen as a psychology or philosophy because Buddhism doesn’t originate from a theistic or doctrinal position. Not so long ago someone showed me a description of Buddhism as a “non-theistic religion”, which seems to indicate a non-religion.

I remember a book I read a few years ago where almost an entire chapter was spent debating whether Buddhism is a religion or philosophy…the Author finally came to the conclusion that he thought it was a combination, a sort of religious-psychology, although he wasn’t really sure. So, we could go debating and speculating about this forever…we come to theistic irrelevancy…back to “it doesn’t matter what I believe.” You see…religion isn’t really what a person believes, but what a person practices day to day. If someone says that they are a Christian with Christian beliefs, but they don’t practice the non-judgement of others on a daily basis, then they don’t really believe in the teachings of Jesus…they’re just speculating about the way things could be.

In Buddhism we emphasize practice because that leads to true understanding as opposed to mere speculation. As we practice we begin to see how our mind works and how things really are…our beliefs keep changing with our realizations until we finally realize how impermanent our beliefs are, that there is no permanent “self” to be found in them, and that they are essentially unsatisfactory because trying to hold onto them only stands in the way of our willingness learn. Then we can have a real belief…the belief that our beliefs don’t matter, not even the belief that ‘our beliefs don’t matter’ is important, they all become irrelevant as mere beliefs.

please, take care of your heart…

The True Freedom Teachings of Suwattano
This short text may be freely reproduced and distributed, and this statement may be taken as sufficient permission to do so, there is no need to seek further permission. – 1996, updated March 1997 by True Freedom Cyber-Temple

Written by Karlie

January 5th, 2010 at 9:00 am

Posted in buddhism,CyberTemple

Nostalgic start to 2010.

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It’s the first day of 2010 and I’m in a nostalgic mood this morning. Probably because my cold is getting worse, rather than better and I’m not too excited about doing anything other than pretending to be a vegetable.

So instead of doing anything serious, I’m digging through a few DVD’s of data archived at one of the many updates my personal computer has had over the years.

Along with the old files and business documents I found lots and lots of photos I hadn’t looked at in quite a long time. For example, here is my youngest son at about 8 months old in May 2005. (please see updated copyright notice for photos in the left menu.)

I also found a copy of my husband’s first website. The site is long gone and I was actually surprised to find a version at Archive.org. In fact I thought I had lost my only copy of the site before I rediscovered these discs. I should also kick myself for not checking the way back machine sooner. Though if I knew the Internet Archive had a copy I might not have looked so hard for the discs.

Anyway, I’ve decided to post some of Todd’s writings as I go along. I do have a few things that the way back machine didn’t capture so with luck I’ll have some unique insights to share with you.

Hope you enjoy the new year,

Written by Karlie

January 1st, 2010 at 9:39 am