Lightning tour of Buddhism

Four Noble truths

The first teaching that Buddha taught after achieving enlightenment.  Buddha initially did not want to teach because he felt that no one would understand what he had found.


Truths
1Suffering exists.
2There is a cause to suffering.
3There is a way to stop suffering.
4Follow the path.

The two enemies


Enemies
1

The self-cherishing attitude.

  • A mind that thinks only about one's self and forgets the well being and needs of others.
2

The self-grasping.

  • A mind that sees things as having independent existence.  This is ignorance, the root cause of all suffering.
  • This misconception is very dangerous.

Source:  The two main enemies to be fought.

The two counter-forces


Counter force
1

Compassion

  • A mind that thinks how nice if all sentient beings are without suffering.
2

Wisdom

  • A mind that understands the interdependence, interconnectedness of all beings.

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