I hope you enjoyed last weeks blog on Buddhism, so I’m going to continue where I left off:
Buddha realized that suffering was caused primarily by unawareness and craving; we as humans hunger after gratification, selfish possessions, and immortality. I mean, right, don’t we all want that purse, or those shoes, or a double-caramel macchiato from the local coffee shop? Nevertheless, after we buy those cute heels, or that adorable bag, and drink that coffee we forget about it and move on to the next item on our want list. Thus, as Buddha says, these desires will never be satisfied, therefore desiring it and fulfilling these desires encapsulates us to suffering. Buddha also states that being unaware, and uninformed of the world around you trains your mind to become undeveloped, therefore you’re unable to grasp the true reality of things. Thus, these cravings we so desire cause envy, hate, anger, and greed, which are all derived from this ignorance.
Once you’ve reached the third level of truth, the End of Suffering, you achieve the Nirvana, which is described as a magnificent state, free from the suffering surrounding us, you have reached a spiritual illumination. Phew, only one more step to go! The final stage of truth, is walking the path to the end of suffering, through this it’s known as the Eightfold Path
- Right Understanding
- Right Thought
- Right Speech
- Right Action
- Right Livelihood
- Right Effort
- Right Mindfulness
- Right Concentration
Then, there are three dividing premises the path is divided into:
- Good Moral Conduct (Understanding, Thought, Speech)
- Meditation & Mental Development (Action, Livelihood, Effort)
- Wisdom & Insight (Mindfulness and Concentration)
These eight steps and three defined levels are steps one takes to transgress into a better individual.
So, even if you’re not Buddhist, what step would you consider yourself at? What do you think of the eight steps Buddha outline for self-enlightenment and a state of Nirvana? What about the three different premises? What do you think of Buddhism so far? How does it compare to what religion you were raised as, as well as your own personal beliefs on the meaning of life?
Next week, I’ll wrap the Buddhism segment up with a discussion on Karma. We hear it a lot, don’t do that, for you’ll have bad karma! What does Karma mean to you and amongst your friends?
Again, I hope you’re starting to think about some things in life :)
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