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1.) The First Noble Truth - "Dukkha"
A.) The First Noble Truth seems to be an intrinsic understanding that all
things are impermanent. This impermanence causes us to feel frustrated when we
can\'t hold on to people or things we think we need. This need helps us feel
wanted and/or important.
Dukkha can also be described as the suffering we experience and see in
our lives. Unpleasant conditions such as being sick, seeing our loved ones get
sick and die, getting aggravated over things our children do, losing a job, etc.
cause us to experience Dukkha. The Buddha felt that this suffering was brought
on by our attachment to people and things. Only by detachment and selfless acts
can we become free from the unpleasantness of Dukkha.
Another aspect of Dukkha deals with the belief in the
importance of oneself. The Five Aggregates are the foundation of this aspect.
The "I" saying "I" creates the illusion of "I" which consists of matter,
sensations, perceptions, mental formations, and consciousness. These five items
produce the compound being that experiences Dukkha.
B.) I Believe I give significance to things or events that aren\'t intentionally
producing Dukkha. I\'m leaving my house to go to work and I happen to leave a
couple of minutes late knowing that there is a possibility that I might be late.
As I\'m driving someone pulls in front of me and is maybe doing the speed limit.
I immediately go into reaction mode. This is where I have to realize that the
person in front of me is not intentionally trying to make me late for work. (not
until I flash my highbeams or honk my horn)
Looking at situations objectively and being more proactive can help
us deal with Dukkha better. I believe the Buddha understood that "Dukkha
Happens" so its how we deal with it that can cause the frustration, sadness, and
C.) I have mixed feelings on the concept of Dukkha. Specifically with the
element of detachment.
I agree with the idea of detachment from material things but I don\'t agree
when it comes to people. Although I believe material things come and go with
memories of them fading as time goes on, I feel as people come and go
through our lives, the memories of attachment stay with us embedded in our
hearts as well as in our mind. (Darshana ?)
The idea of everything being an illusion or Maya is tough to
conceptualize. I do believe we are the thinker behind the thought. The "I"
creates the illusion of who we are and how we behave. I also believe that by
combining the Five Aggregates, The "I" saying "I" helps us to be "Ever-
changing physical and mental forces" capable of realizing our potential
but within our limitations.
2.) The Second Noble Truth - "Tanha"
A.) I\'m struggling to find differences between the first and second Noble Truths.
I see the definition of Dukkha encompassing all the elements of Tanha. I guess
that\'s why it is so important to remember when trying to understand Dukkha that
"The arising of Dukkha is within Dukkha itself, and not outside". Also, "The
destruction of Dukkha, is also within Dukkha, and not outside".
Within Tanha, the concept of Karma is explained. The force to continue
whether good or bad is the cause of Karma. It\'s not the effect when something
happens but the act that causes something to happen.
The idea of life after death is also discussed within Tanha. The Buddha
explains that because there is no self, only a combination of the Five
Aggregates which the "I" creates, "One thought moment conditions the next
thought moment". We are in a constant state of change which explains why nothing
is permanent. B.) Our Ego causes us to want to have things our way. This desire
or craving is apparent in our everyday lives. When I feel I have an idea on how
my children should behave, there is a desire for them to do something as I would
do it. Not letting them grow in there own way and watching as a helpful observer
causes Dukkha within me. If the craving for a new car causes me to lose track of
immediate needs, frustration knowing that I have a need that has a priority over
a want also causes Dukkha.
When I saw a colleague get a job that I thought I was more capable and
qualified to do my reaction was to become angry. "Who is He getting the job over
a more qualified Me?". C.) For the same reasons I wrote about
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