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    Buddha-Basics (Part II) Noble Truths

    These Basic Buddhist Teachings are for right in the heart of life, today in a hospital room with my wife, the night before surgery. Times like these are the true proving ground.

    This Practice has no purpose or value… and it is at moments like this one that its value and purpose are crystal clear.

    In life, there’s sickness, old age, death and loss… other very hard times… But that’s not why ‘Life is Suffering‘. Not at all, said the Buddha.
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    Instead …

    ... it’s sickness, but only when we refuse the condition
    …old age, if we long for youth
    … death, because we cling to life
    … loss, when we cannot let go
    ... violated expectations, because we wished otherwise
    Our “dissatisfaction,” “disappointment,”‘ “unease” and “frustration” — Dukkha — arises as a state of mind, as our demands and wishes for how things “should be” or “if only would be for life to be content” differ from”the way things are.” Your “self” wishes this world to be X, yet this world is not X. That wide gap of “self” and “not self” is the source of Dukkha.
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    Our Practice closes the gap; not the least separation.

    What’s more, even happiness can be a source of Dukkha if we cling to the happy state, demand that it stay, are attached to good news, material successes, pleasures and the like.. refusing the way life may otherwise go. That is also the “self” placing judgments and demands on life.

    Fortunately, the Buddha provided the medicine for this disease of dis-ease: The Eightfold Path (which we will talk about in our next ‘Buddha-Basics’).

    Oh, no amount of Practice can make times like these — sitting in a hospital room, in pain and awaiting the surgeon’s knife — fun. It is natural to worry too. Yet all is revealed as somehow okay: okay beyond okay, allowing all, yielding, flowing with the flowing, beyond worry (even in the heart of worry), resistance gone… letting it be.

    The gap is closed. There is peace.

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    Wow. I have a hard time wrapping my head around the notion to accept things as they come. I remember other Dharma talks where acceptance of things doesn't mean that you don't try to change them, for example, taking medicine to get well or trying to right an injustice. Is this principle sort of like the 12 step serenity prayer, i.e., "grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference"? Or is it more subtle (or just different) than that?

    Gassho,

    Eric

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    Hi Eric,

    I recently gave a TED-like talk to a room of scientists here in Tsukuba, and I described Zen as sometimes like a "healthy Schizophrenia", two things going on in one's head at once, as one.

    On the one hand, radical acceptance, dropping resistance, likes and dislikes, fears, regrets, "should be's" etc. ... no place further in need of going, nothing to attain ... to the marrow Wholeness with/as what is.

    On the other one hand, normal life with things we like and dislike, good things and bad we need to walk toward or run from, things that harm and should be avoided and things that help and should be nourished, places to go and people to see, thing to get done.

    Of course, a major aspect of our Practice is then figuring out how to live this life fitting that all together at once, as one!

    It is like my friend who was sick ... she accepted fully the disease, even the possibility of her own upcoming death ...

    ... even as part of her was (naturally) afraid, uncomfortable, and taking her medicine aiming for a cure each day.

    All at once.

    Gassho, J
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