Thursday, April 9, 2009

Buddhas' Third Noble Truth

By Janis Mclellan

For those of you who know the noble truths taught by
the Buddha, you already know that to live is to suffer and that the
good things in life must be taken in context and not for granted. The
good news is that the Third Noble Truth is that the end of suffering is
attainable.

The end (cessation) of suffering can be attained
through something called nirodha. Nirodha means the unmaking of sensual
craving and conceptual attachment, in other words it means that to stop
our suffering we must first let go of our attachments. Which is easier
said than done, because right now we are attached to everything and
everyone around us! We must remember that when we pass on we will not
be able to take anything with us, we must let go of everything but our
minds.

The third noble truth is an expression of the idea that
suffering can be ended by attaining dispassion or letting go living in
the moment with peace. Nirodha extinguishes all forms of clinging and
attachment, from the cloths we wear to the people we love. This means
that suffering can be overcome through human activity, simply by
removing the cause of suffering. This does not mean to only do things
that feel good because you will inevitably suffer again when the
pleasure wares off.

Attaining and perfecting dispassion is a
process of many levels, including meditation and deep thought, that
ultimately results in the state of Nirvana. Nirvana is a state of
freedom from all worries, troubles, complexes, fabrications and ideas.
Nirvana is not comprehensible for those who have not attained it, but
that does not mean that it is not impossible to reach this state with
lots of time, practice, patience and following the teachings of the
Buddha.

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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