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"And this, monks, is the noble truth of the cessation of dukkha: the remainderless fading & cessation, renunciation, relinquishment, release, & letting go of that very craving." — SN 56.11
Now that we started with the first two Noble Truths, we will touch briefly on the last two and continue with the Eight-fold Path. Each week will be isolated verses and you can discuss them in relation to the eight-fold path as a guide. Here is An Analysis of the Path
The last two Noble Truths are:
Pondering on Emptiness
Then Ven. Ananda went to the Blessed One and on arrival, having bowed down to him, sat to one side. As he was sitting there he said to the Blessed One, "It is said that the world is empty, the world is empty, lord. In what respect is it said that the world is empty?"
"Insofar as it is empty of a self or of anything pertaining to a self: Thus it is said, Ananda, that the world is empty. And what is empty of a self or of anything pertaining to a self? The eye is empty of a self or of anything pertaining to a self. Forms... Eye-consciousness... Eye-contact is empty of a self or of anything pertaining to a self.
"The ear is empty...
"The nose is empty...
"The tongue is empty...
"The body is empty...
"The intellect is empty of a self or of anything pertaining to a self. Ideas... Intellect-consciousness... Intellect-contact is empty of a self or of anything pertaining to a self. Thus it is said that the world is empty."
~Sunna Sutta: Empty
When we think of Right View, we tend to think of things like impermanence, emptiness, and suffering. The Buddha also taught about the different things we are attached to such as the certainty of our physical death. Sometimes we are so attached to the "we are going to die" that our needs for material things, though not bad in themselves, becomes somewhat of a way to mask these things decay and we are not here forever. When we die, we leave people we love ones behind us. While we can think of material attachments, if we go deeper, can you separate yourself from the ones you love, your friends, your self? Things to meditate about.
§9 Gratification and Danger in Form (Body)
"And what is gratification in the case of form (body)?
"Suppose there were a girl of warrior-noble cast or brahmin caste or householder stock, in her fifteenth or sixteenth year, neither too tall nor too short, neither too thin nor too fat, neither too dark nor too fair: is her beauty and loveliness then at its height?"
"Yes, venerable sir."
"Now the pleasure and joy that arise in dependence on that beauty and loveliness are the gratification in the case of form.
"And what is danger in the case of form?
"Later on one might see that same woman here at eighty, ninety or a hundred years, aged, as crooked as a roof, doubled up, tottering with the aid of sticks, frail, her youth gone, her teeth broken, grey haired, scanty-haired, bald, wrinkled, with limbs all blotchy: how do you conceive this, bhikkhus, has her former beauty and loveliness vanished and the danger become evident?"
"Yes, venerable sir."
"Bhikkhus, this is the danger in the case of form."
—Majjhima Nikāya 13 The Greater Discourse on the Mass of Suffering
Dharma talk on: Impermanence, Unsatisfactoriness, Not Self and Emptiness