THE FOUR NOBLE TRUTHS (RE-ORDERED) FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS
Third Truth: Our natural state of being is peaceful and joyful, with a flow of compassion within ourselves and between all beings.
First Truth: Sometimes peace is interrupted. We experience pain or dissatisfaction. This happens to all beings, all the time!
Second Truth: Looking within, deeply, lovingly, and gently, we can touch our pain with compassion. We begin to see that the roots of our pain are within us, not outside us. Taking responsibility for our pain, we have the opportunity to heal it and return to peace.
Fourth Truth: The Eightfold Path of Peace and Joy is the way of the peacemaker. The three main components are: Awareness, Wholesome Behavior, and Wisdom (realizing boundless openness, our non-separate, compassionately connected reality).
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Friday, September 09, 2005
This interesting re-ordering of the 4 noble truths is actually somewhat consistent with some things I'm reading in The Compass of Zen by Seung Sahn, which is very good: