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.
|2||There is a cause to suffering.|
|3||There is a way to stop suffering.|
|4||Follow the path.|
- The best way to easily remember this is, if you switch suffering with "problem" or "difficulties" and it can become more relatable.
The two enemies
The self-cherishing attitude.
- A mind that thinks only about one's self and forgets the well being and needs of others.
- 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
- A mind that thinks how nice if all sentient beings are without suffering.
- A mind that understands the interdependence, interconnectedness of all beings.