Jeffery Bott, CPT, MI USAR
MTT Intel Advisor for 1st Mech Bn, 2ndBde, 9th Iraqi Armor Division 2006-2007
This user is a Democrat and a Buddhist married to a wonderful woman from Laos.
- Military Transition Team Official site
- Army News Service: "Top Iraqi General Visits Fort Riley, Sees Transition Team Training"
The Four Noble Truths
According to the scriptures, the Buddha taught that in life there exists sorrow / suffering which is caused by desire and it can be cured (ceased) by following the Noble Eightfold Path (Sanskrit: Āryāṣṭāṅgamārgaḥ, Pāli: Ariyo Aṭṭhaṅgiko Maggo). This teaching is called the Catvāry Āryasatyāni (Pali: Cattāri Ariyasaccāni), the "Four Noble Truths".
- Suffering: Birth is suffering, aging is suffering, illness is suffering, death is suffering; union with what is displeasing is suffering; separation from what is pleasing is suffering; not to get what one wants is suffering; in brief, the five aggregates subject to clinging are suffering.
- The cause of suffering: The desire which leads to renewed existence (rebirth) (the cycle of samsara)
- The cessation of suffering: The cessation of desire.
- The way leading to the cessation of suffering: The Noble Eightfold Path;
According to the scriptures, the Four Noble Truths were among the topics of the first sermon given by the Buddha after his enlightenment, which was given to the five ascetics with whom he had practiced austerities, and were originally spoken by the Buddha, not in the form of a religious or philosophical text, but in the form of a common medical prescription of the time. The traditional understanding in the Theravada is that these are an advanced teaching for those who are ready for them.
The Noble Eightfold Path
According to a saying attributed in some traditions to the Buddha, if a person does not follow the Eightfold Path, one lives one's life like a preoccupied child playing with toys in a house that is burning to the ground.
- Piyadassi (1999). In the Buddha's first sermon, the Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta, he talks about the Middle Way, the Noble Eightfold Path and the Four Noble Truths.
- New Penguin Handbook of Living Religions
- The Crystal and the Way of Light. Sutra, Tantra and Dzogchen by Chogyal Namkhai Norbu; compiled and ed. by John Shane, 2000, p. 164
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