dukkha: a call to practice

the four noble truths are four in one: “one truth, indivisible”;
dukkha, the first noble truth, is inseparable from the fourth: a call to practice
 

dukkha is a call to practice*

 

dukkha: a call to let go of wanting

wanting anything is wanting something to be or not to be;
it’s wanting what is – reality – to be other than it is

wanting anything is dukkha;
wanting nothing is nirvana

want nothing
 

dukkha: a call to let go of minding

dukkha and nirvana coexist:
dukkha is minding,
nirvana is not minding

want no more than to be;
do no more than it takes to be
on the eightfold path
not minding what happens

to be on the eightfold path
not minding what happens
is nirvana

mind nothing


 

dukkha: a call to practice self-inquiry*

Who grows old? Who gets sick? Who then dies? I do? Who am I?

to want anything – to want something to be or not to be – is dukkha

Who is experiencing dukkha? I am? Who am I?

wanting anything is a cue to ask:
Who wants this? I do? Who am I?

  • Asking who you are helps you see beyond the mind
  • The mind sees what is as what is you and what is not you
  • You cannot exist without what is not you. How then is this not you?
  • Beyond the mind you are not what you are thought to be. No one is

beyond the mind nothing is unchanging

  • Beyond the mind nothing is as it is thought to be
  • Anyone or anything exists as such only in the mind
  • Only in the mind is there anything apart from the whole
  • Nothing is caused other than by the whole

quote in tweet is from I Am That by Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj – see source
see also talks by Sam Harris on self as illusion and mindfulness and religion

 

dukkha: a call to not see yourself as a being

dukkha is personal, nirvana is not;
nirvana is beyond the mind,
and beyond the mind there is no person;
a person is a mental construct

that you are is clear, what you are is not;
you are not a being; you are being aware of being

you are not what you are thought to be; you are not what you are said to be;
these are mental constructs, social conventions used in thought and speech

anything or anyone is no more than a construct, a convention;
in reality nothing is unchanging; no one is
 

dukkha: a call to go beyond the mind

minding – wanting something to be or not to be – is a call to go beyond the mind, to rest our frontal lobes*

wanting anything is dukkha,
but nothing is unchanging,
so when wants are met they change,
and this is dukkha

go beyond the mind
and realize nirvana
is wanting nothing

want nothing

live and let live

do no harm

just be and let be

do nothing but this

do no more than it takes to be
on the eightfold path
with metta,
karuna, mudita, and upekkha*

may none want more than this:
that none want more than this

metta*


Self-inquiry is an open secret: hidden in plain sight, available anywhere at no charge, invisible everywhere because there is no money in it and no upside to it for hierarchy of any kind, religious or secular.
source

Self-inquiry is a spiritual practice you can turn to at any time. ehi passiko

Who is aware of dukkha arising? I am? Who am I?

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