Featured Articles and Journals: Four Noble Truths

by b_schac
September 21, 2014
Suffering. Today I will be fully present with my kids; at least that was my intention for the day. Within two hours I found myself quickly becoming distracted while I was playing with them. My busy brain was distracted by my phone, email, and the...
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September 28, 2013
There's a six-minute video of Louis C.K. on the Conan O'Brien Show explaining why he won't buy his daughter a smartphone that's making the rounds among Buddhist types, people who usually share quotes from the Dalai Lama and pictures of nature. Why?...
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April 19, 2013
In light of violent events that occur near us whether we are in the United States or we are in the “Eurozone”, whether we are in
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March 7, 2013
A friend of mine is a teacher. As an exercise, he asked the people seated before him in class to write down some words that described them. When the papers were handed back, not one of them contained the word “student.”
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October 15, 2012
In the past year, our sangha has experienced all the vicissitudes of existence;  old age, sickness, and death.  Several of us lost their parents; one member's father had a serious heart attack; another's mother had breast cancer; yet...
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March 26, 2012
I have a friend who hates his job because it’s extremely stressful. Whenever he’s having a particularly bad day, he fantasizes about winning millions of dollars so he can leave his job and be happy. So during his lunch break he’ll go to the corner...
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March 19, 2012
Buddhism is founded on four facts about the nature of existence (the Four Noble Truths), the first fact being that everyone experiences suffering.  There is "big" suffering (sickness, pain, and loss) and then there is "ordinary" suffering,...
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November 26, 2011
The best answer I've ever heard to the question "what is Buddhism?" is that it's how we walk in the world.
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November 4, 2011
It’s quoted on coffee cups and bumper stickers everywhere because, of course, Mahatma Gandhi was right. Social justice starts with being the change you want to see in the world.
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October 17, 2011
Let’s face it--Buddhism has a rather gloomy reputation. Sure, the words “kindness” and “compassion” sometimes come to mind when someone hears the “B” word, but all too often, what most people think of when...
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July 24, 2011
We will suffer in our relationships when we forget that we will suffer in our relationships. The more comfortable we become with the ever-changing nature of our reality (and relationships), the less we’ll struggle and suffer when the next...
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July 17, 2011
I think Buddhism often gets a bad reputation because of the Four Noble Truths. People hear the first part about how life is suffering and think, “Man, that Buddha dude was a real pessimist.” I’ve been thinking about this a lot...
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June 29, 2011
I have been playing with something in my mind for the last week or so.  It may be obvious to most, and maybe some people have forgotten it, but it something I have been really trying to be aware of as I go through my day.  In our fast...
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June 8, 2011
I am going back to the basics and reading about the four noble truths, the first of which is suffering or dukkha.   "Now this, monks, is the Noble Truth of dukkha: Birth is dukkha, aging is dukkha, death is dukkha; sorrow, lamentation, pain,...
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May 17, 2011
You do not have to be a Buddhist to take refuge in the teachings of the Three Jewels, the Four Noble Truths and the Five Precepts.  These are simple straightforward concepts that serve us well in times of great strife, great pain, great joy...
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May 11, 2011
  Hope a four letter word   I wonder if the Buddha would think that “hope” was a four letter word.  Or is it the way we allow the definition of hope to shape how we see our reality the one to analyze?  Hope...
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May 10, 2011
    When I'm asked why I practice Buddhism, my usual response includes something about a desire to lessen suffering and a way to lead an ethical life.  While this is true, a better and more honest answer is that my mind...
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April 17, 2011
It's perhaps the simplest and most obvious of all the Buddhist teachings: everything is impermanent; everything will change. Try as we might, its impossible to ignore it. Today’s heartbreaking reminder is the devastation in North...
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