Friday

Watch What You Say!


I keep telling you guys and gals to watch what you say for words have meaning.  As the good-book tells us:  In the beginning was the word....   And yes, this is true; any major dude or dudet will tell you this.  

And yet, in recent news, I read:


Celebrity Fitness Trainer Amanda 'Mandy' Blank Suddenly Dies at 42

 

Yes, this health-conscious woman of only 42, who once said: “Without my health and fitness, I have nothing....”  was found dead in her Los Angeles home.  

 

Watch what you say, watch what you say. 

 

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I thought I would talk with you today about the Four Noble Truths.  If you are like me, you don't get it.  And so, let's look at them again:

They are the truth of suffering, the truth of the cause of suffering, the truth of the end of suffering, and the truth of the path that leads to the end of suffering. 

 That's easy, isn't it?

 No.  

 How about this:

 

Everything is suffering

The origin of suffering is desire

There exists Nirvana, an end to suffering

A path, defined by the Buddha, leads to Nirvana.

 

Now, isn't that better? 

A story is told of a traveler, impressed by his peaceful presence, who inquired: 'Are you a god?' 

'No," the Buddha replied, 'I am not a god.' 

'A spirit, then?' 

'No, I am not a spirit.'  

'Are yo a man?' 

'No, I am not a man.' 

'Then what are you?' 

'I am awake.'

A Buddha is 'awake' to the true nature of existence and thereby free of its sufferings -- and the purpose of Buddhist teachings and art is to point the way to awakening for all. 

 

 

 ~ Demian Sinclair

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