This is very short, precise and to the point. I found on FB and posted it here for your benefit please. Everyone should read this carefully, understand, discuss and apply. If you apply, you will surely get the results. The more adversity, the stronger we grow. Accept adversity with a positive mind because it will come anyways. Adversity is something we cannot help, so turn it around for growth.
The teachings I posted below is EXACLY what we all need. May you be blessed, transform and use your lives to benefit others without any self-centric concerns that confuse our minds. Remember, don’t follow the things that go on in our heads! It has not lead us anywhere positive until now.
Four Noble Truths. They are: the truth of suffering; its cause; its end; and the way to its end. Everything in this world is full of suffering, and the cause of suffering is craving. The end of suffering is nirvana.
The way to the end of suffering is via the Noble Eightfold Path.
The Noble Eightfold Path has eight parts or factors:
1. Right understanding means to know and understand the Four Noble Truths.
2. Right attitude means to have three kinds of thoughts or attitudes:
(i) Thoughts of renunciation or an attitude of “letting go”.(ii) Thoughts of goodwill to others, which are opposed to ill will.(iii) Thoughts of harmlessness, as opposed to cruelty.
3. Right speech deals with refraining from falsehood, such as telling lies or not telling the truth; tale-bearing or saying bad things about other people; harsh words and frivolous talk such as gossiping.
4. Right action deals with refraining from killing, stealing and sexual misconduct.
5. Right livelihood deals with the five kinds of trade which should be avoided in order to lead a noble life. They are: trading in arms (weapons), living beings (breeding animals for slaughter), intoxicating drinks and poison.
6. Right effort has four parts using meditation:
(i) To try to stop unwholesome thoughts that have arisen(ii) To prevent unwholesome thoughts from arising.(iii) To try to develop good thoughts(iv) To try to maintain good thoughts that have arisen
7. Right mindfulness is also fourfold. It is mindfulness of the body, mindfulness of feelings/sensations, mindfulness of thoughts passing through the mind and mindfulness of Dharma.
8. Right concentration is one-pointedness of mind as developed in meditation.
These eight factors can be grouped into three smaller groups, as follows:
right speech, right action, right livelihood.
Samadhi (concentrated mind in meditation)
right effort, right mindfulness, right concentration.
right attitude, right understanding.
These three — morality, concentration and wisdom — are the three stages on the path to mental purity whose object is nirvana. These stages are described in a beautiful verse:
To cease from evil,To do what is good.To cleanse one’s mind:This is the advice of all the Buddhas.
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