_Now this, monks, is the Noble Truth of dukkha: Birth is dukkha, aging is dukkha, death is dukkha; sorrow, lamentation, pain, grief, & despair are dukkha; association with the unbeloved is dukkha; separation from the loved is dukkha; not getting what is wanted is dukkha. In short, the five clinging-aggregates are dukkha." ~SN 56.11 _
Before we start, take a look at "befriending the suttas." on Accesstoinsight.org. Some questions to ask; Why should I read the suttas?; Which suttas should I read?; How should I read a sutta?
We have two more weeks for the month of November. All quotes will be in gray and posted anytime Sunday EST.
We're going to start with The Four Noble Truths (One and two on Sunday 19th and Three and Four on the 26th) and work our way through the basics of Buddhism at an intellectual level as well as an application one. Using what we learn here, your practice, and reflection would hopefully help bring our practices stronger in discipline, interest, and keeping our mind at ease. You can have a quick review the Noble Truths here.
The purpose is to reflect on these isolated quotes in respect of The Noble Truths. We will start with:
"Plowing the field with plows,
sowing the ground with seed,
supporting their wives & children,
young men gather up wealth.
So why is it that I,
consummate in virtue,
a doer of the teacher's bidding,
don't gain Unbinding?
I'm not lazy or proud."
Washing my feet, I noticed
And in watching it flow from high
my heart was composed
like a fine thoroughbred steed.
Then taking a lamp, I entered the hut,
checked the bedding,
sat down on the bed.
And taking a pin, I pulled out the wick:
Like the flame's unbinding
was the liberation
~Patacara Thig 5.10 (112-116)
[The Buddha admonished me:]
Gutta, devote yourself to the goal
for which you went forth,
having discarded [hope]
for a dear son of your own.
Don't fall under the sway
of the mind.
Hoodwinked by mind,
beings in love with Mara's realm,
through the many-birth wandering-on,
Abandoning these lower fetters, nun —
sensual desire, ill will,
grasping at precepts & practices,
and uncertainty as the fifth —
you won't come
to this again.
Forsaking passion, conceit,
ignorance, & restlessness
—cutting through [all] the fetters —
you will make an end
of suffering & stress.
Discarding birth & wandering-on,
comprehending further becoming,
free from hunger
in the right-here-&-now
you will go about
~Gutta (Thig. 6.7)
Remember. The idea is more to reflect, apply, and understand. What clicks? You can talk about either or both quotes. The following posts after this will be more brief.
On an upcoming note, may you all be well and happy! (Metta inspired by @Bunks)
(My metta challange: Cultivating patience by applying and sharing weekly Dharmas)