First Noble (Aryan, Civilized, Precious) Truth (Reality, Faith, Fact, etc.): “Now this, bhikkhus, is the noble truth of suffering: birth is suffering, aging is suffering, illness is suffering, death is suffering; union with what is displeasing is suffering; separation from what is pleasing is suffering; not to get what one wants is suffering; in brief, the five aggregates subject to clinging are suffering.”
In other words: Life is suffering. If you don’t understand that, then you’ll never really understand Buddhism. Many modern proselytizing Buddhist priests from foreign ports, and their local converts and adherents, try to downplay this fact for their shiny happy American audiences, ultimately doing a disservice to both: weakening the philosophy and misleading the Homies. No, there is no mistranslation, nor any misunderstanding. That’s what he said and that’s what he meant. Our lives as Americans are a lie, shiny and happy with mouth wide open. There’s a word for that: Christian; not Buddhist.
Second Truth: “Now this, bhikkhus, is the noble truth of the origin of suffering: it is this craving which leads to re-becoming, accompanied by delight and lust, seeking delight here and there; that is, craving for sensual pleasures, craving for becoming, craving for dis-becoming.”
In other words: There is a cause for this suffering—desire. Sorry, Homies, but Buddhism is not about ‘following your passion.’ ‘Following your passion’ is verrrry Christian. This is Buddhism. Get over it. (More …)