Thursday, April 23, 2009

Buddhas' Second Nobel Truth

By Janis Mclellan

Buddha's Second Noble truth is that the root of all
suffering is attachment, which means that from the day we are born we
are suffering. There is not one person on this planet that can say that
they are not attached to something. First it is our mother who gives us
food and warmth, then as we grow we become accustom to different
things, not only physical but emotional and spiritual as well, in other
words we become attached to all of the objects that our mind perceives.

As
humans we have genetic dispositions that allow us to desire anything
that brings pleasure, things as simple as a song that we liked, a gift
someone gave to us for our birthday or a religious belief we were
taught as a child, or it can be as complicated as believing we have our
whole lives ahead of us. Our suffering is inevitable the only way to
not suffer is to over come it, but pleasure is deceiving because we
allow ourselves to believe that in order to be happy we need a home,
family, nice car, a good job and so on. The need for these things means
that we have become attached to transient things and with that comes
ignorance.

Ignorance is the lack of understanding of how our mind
is attached to impermanent things. The reasons for suffering are
desire, passion, pursuit of wealth and prestige, striving for fame and
popularity, or as modern Buddhist
will say humans suffer because of craving and clinging. The objects of
our attachment are transient, their loss is inevitable when we die we
will lose our family, or home, and our thoughts, and then suffering
will necessarily follow. It is inescapable.

Another common object
of attachment is the idea of a "self" which is a major delusion,
because there is no such thing as an abiding self. The thing we call
"self" is just an imagined entity a mass of cells and electrical
currents. We are merely a part of the ceaseless becoming of the
universe. It is naive of us to say that we are more than just a
collection of matter that will continue to erode the same way the earth
does.

Throughout our short life on this earth we become attached
to all of the objects that our mind perceives, which is everything.
Think of it as if we are born into a video game that we cannot turn off
until we die. We must free our minds of attachment and let go of
everything. Live with compassion, patience, tolerance and trust that
there is and end to this life.

Janis
resides in western Canada, among the mountains where she studies the
Buddhist religion and practices reiki healing. Janis loves making
Buddhist t-shirts, gifts and apparel to spread the knowledge of
enlightenment. All of the images used on the products are hand drawn
with high quality graphics and historical accuracy a priority. Visit
her website at http://www.buddhismtshirts.com.


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