Osifu Discourse:‘The Four Noble Truths’ Sep-22-2011 Morning

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Osifu Discourse:‘The Four Noble Truths’  Sep-22-2011 Morning

Osifu's Discourse (September 22th, 2011 Morning )

 

Osifu:06:52:29 

What should be thinking of when we open our eyes early in morning?

 

Somebody said: ‘I am still alive!’  Very good!

 

Somebody said: ‘A new day!’  Very good!

 

Somebody said: ‘I can still see the light!’  Very good!

 

Somebody said: ‘Fresh air!’  Very good!

 

Somebody said: ‘It’s time to practice diligently! ’  Very good!

 

Somebody said: ‘Still have opportunities!’  Very good!

 

Somebody said: ‘It’s a new start!’  Very good!

 

Somebody said: ‘To live according to situations!’ Very good!

 

Somebody said: ‘No desires and no seeking!’  Very good!

 

Somebody said: ‘Be non-self and unconditioned!’  Very good!

 

Somebody said: ‘No confrontation and no contention!’  Very good!

 

Somebody said: ‘To live a pure holy life!’   Very good!

 

Somebody said: ‘Be equal to others and never judge!’   Very good!

 

Somebody said: ‘To live with nothing attached to the mind!’   Very good!

 

Somebody said: ‘To live with a free mind!’  Very good!

 

Somebody said: ‘To immerse into the Nature and be with it!’  Very good!

 

Somebody said: ‘To immerse into the Universe and be with it!’  Very good!

 

Somebody said: ‘To comply with the Law!’  Very good!

 

Somebody said: ‘To conform to the Way!’   Very good!

 

Somebody said: ‘To keep remembrance of the Buddha!’   Very good!

 

Somebody said: ‘To keep the Triple Gem in mind!’  Very good!

 

Somebody said: ‘To live with pure and clean body, mouth and mind!’   Very good!

 

Somebody said: ‘The country is prosperous and the people are at peace!’   Very good!

 

Somebody said: ‘The winds and rains come on time and all goes well!’   Very good!

 

Somebody said: ‘What a relaxed autumn!’   Very good!

 

Somebody said: ‘What a warm family!’   Very good!

 

Somebody said: ‘It is a harmonious society!’  Very good!

 

Somebody said: ‘It is a rational Government!’   Very good!

 

You are blessed and lucky if you think so. We should cherish these all!

 

Surely, this is only one aspect.

 

How about the other side?

 

Meanwhile, you are suffering from all kinds of evil, anger and suffering.

 

The suffering of birth.

 

The suffering of aging.

 

The suffering of illness.

 

The suffering of death.

 

The suffering of separation from beloved ones.

 

The suffering of being the company of our enemies.

 

The suffering of craving.

 

The suffering from the five aggregates.

 

‘The Four Noble Truths’ was spoken by the Buddha, namely, there are suffering, accumulating, extinction and the Way.

 

‘Truth’ means suchness without upside-down, is the truth.

 

‘The Noble Truth’ is the absolute truth known by the sages.

 

‘The Four Noble Truths’ spoke the kinds of truths, that is, first the noble truth of suffering, second the noble truth of accumulating, third the noble truth of extinction, and fourth the noble truth of the Way.

 

The purpose that the Buddha expounded the Four Noble Truths was to tell us that the cause and effect of the world as well as that of the external world.

 

‘Suffering’ means the miserable effects caused in this world. ‘Accumulating’ is the reason that causes the suffering --the cause in the world.

‘Extinction’ means the effect after the suffering is extinguished--the effect of the external world.

The ‘Way’ is the method to extinguish the suffering, is also the way to Nirvana--the cause of the external world.

 

There is such an analogy in the sutras that there are all kinds of karma of birth and death as well as troubles in the physical bodies and minds of the living beings, which means that the living beings have many sorts of mental diseases. The Buddha told the living beings the state and condition of the diseases and pointed out those sages who have released from birth and death have no sufferings but only pleasures, also the Buddha told the methods about how to escape from the disease.

 

The truth of suffering expressed the world is the cause that brings about the miserable effects. We should know and understand that the suffering is the disease, is the miserable effects resulted from the world, and the cause for the birth and death reincarnations. We should know the disease in order to have it cured.

 

The truth of accumulating expressed that the karma and troubles are the source of the suffering. In order to cut off the disease we have to know the reasons of the agony, which is the cause and effect in the world, also it pointed out the reasons of the birth and death transmigration.

 

The truth of extinction expressed how to relieve from birth and death and attain the Buddhahood. The living beings are in the suffering and agony all the time, and we should know what the joy is without agony and disease? That refers to the fruit the external world, which is to gain release and pure state-nirvana.

 

‘The truth of the Way’ expressed the methods to escape the suffering. We should know that the methods of cultivating are like medicine and further studies should be paid to it. It pointed out the cause of the external world, and we should learn to master some methods for our cultivation, and to practice with perseverance till we gain release from birth and death.

 

The Noble Truth of Suffering

Suffering is the anger forced by something trouble. The living beings are often suffered from impermanence and get tired of it, so that is the suffering. The suffering can be divided into three sufferings and eight sufferings, while the effects of suffering can be divided into two kinds of retribution of the visible world and the invisible world.

 

The Noble Truth of Accumulating

The Noble Truth of Accumulating is the reason for the suffering, which accumulates the suffering of birth and death so as to be called the Noble Truth of Accumulating. ‘Accumulating’ is to gather together, which means the power of karma was aroused by troubles, and meanwhile the troubles create the karma. The suffering we’ve been suffered is because the power formed by the karma we’ve created in the past and the power triggered by the troubles made in the past and at the present. So the Noble Truth of Accumulating expressed the troubles and the karmas brought about by the troubles.

 

The Noble Truth of Extinction

The Noble Truth of Extinction is to extinguish the suffering. It shows that the living beings can gain relief from the continuous retribution of birth and death. Extinction means to eliminate the confusion, karma, The suffering, cut off the ignorant troubles such as greediness, hatred and delusion to live in a pure mind without creating troubles, which is a state of creating nothing, no creates is immortal, is the Nirvana.

 

The Noble Truth of the Way

The Way is the cause in the external world and the method to release from sufferings. The path leading to the Nirvana is called the Way. Broadly speaking there is the Bodhipakkhiya-Dhamma (thirty-seven methods), and narrowly speaking there is the Eightfold Path.

 

The Four Noble Truths and the Twelvefold Conditioned Arising Method spoken by the Buddha is very important, which is the method to crack the mystery of birth and death reincarnation.

 

Buddha Shakyamuni successfully cracked the mystery of reincarnation, so all of you must understand and keep in-depth study of the Four Noble Truths and the Twelvefold Conditioned Arising Method.

 

The manifestations of Buddhas have to give teachings about the Four Noble Truths and the Twelvefold Conditioned Arising Method, which is the Law of the Universe.

 

There are more sufferings than joys for the humankind.

 

Only knowing of suffering, be awareness of it and getting rid of it can you achieve the ultimate happiness.

 

How to achieve the ultimate happiness?

 

The only way is to cultivate the noble Way.

 

The Eight Great Awakenings Sutra has made a great comment, that is, to forsake the five desires and to cultivate the mind in the manner of Sages.

 

All the disciples and predestined friends, to make great achievements you have to forsake the five desires and to cultivate the mind in the manner of Sages.

 

All the disciples and predestined friends, to achieve the perfection you have to forsake the five desires and to cultivate the mind in the manner of Sages.

 

All the disciples and predestined friends, to return the original home you have to forsake the five desires and to cultivate the mind in the manner of Sages.

 

All the disciples and predestined friends, to achieve the great reunion and reunification you have to forsake the five desires and to cultivate the mind in the manner of Sages.

 

Though it is hard to abandon the five desires, we have to make it in this life.

 

Though it is hard to practice the noble Way, we have to make it in this life.

 

Though it is hard to attain the noble Buddhahood, we have to make it in this life.

 

Though it is hard to return the Home, we have to make it in this life.

 

Miss you at every second!

 

Blessings for you all the time!

 

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