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Right View Dharma Talk

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Video of the Right View from the Buddha’s Noble Eightfold Path Dharma Talk
This is an introductory talk on Right View (Understanind) form the Buddha’s Noble Eightfold Path. For a full explanation of the path be sure to checkout: https://zenawakened.com/eightfold-path/
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The word drsti is normally translated as understanding, so the first part of the Buddha’s Eightfold Path is usual presented as Right Understanding.
But drsti comes from a root word meaning ‘to see’, ‘sight’, ‘view’ or ‘vision’.
View or vision are probably the best ways to translate drsti.
When we’re starting out on this journey, we need to take up a new view. A different perspective about life and ourselves. Not a belief. But a way of looking at people, places and situations.
What’s included in this new view or perspective?
First and foremost is to know that within you and I, everyone, we all have Buddha Nature. We all have this tremendous potential but we don’t know it. It’s covered up, hidden from view by our own karma and selfish tendencies. It’s obscured by greed, hatred and delusion.
And because it is obscured, because we don’t know that this potential is there, we act out in ways that cause harm not only to others but to ourselves as well.
This is the second aspect of this curious looking at our own lives. We see how we are hurting in some way. There’s some sort of pain, some sort of desire, some form of stress, some sort of unease that is causing us to not allow our Buddha Nature to shine.
And since we are suffering in some way, that suffering spills over onto others. We hurt people with our words and actions. We selfishly cling to our self-centered point of view. We become a poison to the world.
And then we can step back a bit and see that everyone’s hurting in some way. Be it pressure at work, debt, illness, fatigue, whatever it may be – we’re all compromised in some way. Everyone has forgotten their own inherent Buddha Nature and because of that are suffering and causing other people to suffer in some way.
Once we begin to see that – we can see how our thoughts, words and actions can and do shape our lives.
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The Four Noble Truths Dharma Talk

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Video of the Four Noble Truths Dharma Talk
However we’ve come to know about Buddhism we probably have a faint idea that the Buddhist teachings will lead an individual to find happiness via a Path or Way. The Buddha said that it was an ancient path that he had found. A timeless path. One, that if travelled will lead you to true and authentic happiness.
The Four Noble Truths are the foundational framework for that path.
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The Four Noble Truths tackle the fundamental problem of our suffering using a traditional format employed for diagnosis in Ancient Indian medicine:
* they describe the disease
* they point out the possible causes of the disease
* they give a prognosis or outlook (this is embodied in the great Mystics and saints showing us that it is possible. Kinda of saying, “Look! These people did it and so can you.)
* and finally they present a cure (they say this is the way that these enlightened beings achieved their superhuman state)
As the Buddha described them – here are the Four Noble Truths in brief:
* The First Noble Truth: The Truth of Dukkha
Which means that life as we normally live it will never make us ultimately happy. That the “normal” ways we go looking for happiness will lead to dissatisfaction, discomfort, unease, stress or actual suffering.
* The Second Noble Truth: The Truth of the Origin of Dukkha
Which is a selfish craving,yearning or thirst. Which leads to self-grasping. Which is fuelled by ignorance. This ignorance makes us ultimately believe that we are separate from the whole (of existence and each other) so we must grab, fight and protect ourselves and what we believe to be “mine”.
* The Third Noble Truth: The Truth of the Cessation of Dukkha
Which is that it can be overcome (dissatisfaction, discomfort, unease, or actual suffering) by living a noble life, by having a calm, clear stable mind, by seeing that life is always changing, nothing stays the same, by letting go and finally by going beyond the idea of “self” which leads one to go beyond craving. (This is embodied in the great Mystics and saints showing us that it is possible. Kinda of saying, “Look! We did it and so can you.)
* The Fourth Noble Truth: The Truth of the Path Leading to the Cessation of Dukkha
Which has come to be known as the Eightfold Path: Right View, Right Intention, Right Speech, Right Action, Right Livelihood, Right Effort, Right Mindfulness, and Right Samadhi.
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