As a dharma voyager, I have no destination.
I am traveling in no particular direction.
I have no expectation of arriving.
Therefore, it’s important to have clear navigation.⎈
Path of Liberation
The Four Noble Truths of Liberation
The First Noble Truth is suffering.* Birth brings suffering. Aging brings suffering. Sickness brings suffering. Dying brings suffering. Pain brings suffering. Losing pleasure brings suffering. Wanting and not getting brings suffering. In brief, the human condition brings suffering.
The Second Noble Truth is the origin of suffering. The origin of suffering is craving** different circumstances.
The Third Noble Truth is liberation from suffering. It is possible to stop craving different circumstances.
The Fourth Noble Truth is the Eightfold Path of Liberation from Suffering: Developing the following will eliminate craving different circumstances: Clear perspective. Clear intention. Clear communication. Clear behavior. Clear work. Clear discipline. Clear presence. Clear focus.
* the Pali word ‘dukkha’ doesn’t have an exact English translation. Suffering gets at it. Dukkha can vary in intensity from deep existential angst to stress to vague dis-ease. Suffering is not the same as pain.
** craving here has the quality of ‘thirst.’ Like suffering, thirst can vary in intensity from a dry mouth to hallucinating in the desert.
The Six Indicators of Liberation
Path of Wisdom
The Three Tenets of Zen Peacemakers International
NOT-KNOWING: letting go of fixed ideas about yourself, others, and the universe.
BEARING WITNESS: to the joy and suffering of the world.
TAKING ACTION: that arises from Not-Knowing and Bearing Witness
Five Kinds of Wisdom
Wisdom of spaciousness. (“This is it.”)
Wisdom of mirror-like oneness with all things. (“Now, it’s like this.”)
Widsom of that which is the same in all things. (“This too.”)
Wisdom of that which is distinct in all things. (“Not this.”)
Wisdom of spontaneous right action. (“This next.”)
Path of Compassion
The Four Great Boddhisattva Vows
All beings without limit, I vow to serve.
Delusions endlessly arising, I vow to disrupt.
Dharma gates beyond measure, I vow to pass through.
Buddha’s unsurpassable path, I vow to go beyond.
The Four Indicators of Lovingkindness
Path of Practice
The Refuge of the Three Treasures
I take refuge in the Buddha. Liberation is possible.
I take refuge in the Dharma. There is a pathway to liberation.
I take refuge in the Sangha. Our liberation is interconnected.
The Ten Practices of a Dharma Traveler
Respect life – Do not kill
Respect resources – Do not steal
Honor the body – Do not misuse sexuality
Manifest truth – Do not lie
Proceed clearly – Do not cloud the mind
See the perfection – Do not speak of others’ errors and faults
Realize self and others as one – Do not elevate the self and blame others
Give generously – Do not be stingy
Actualize harmony – Do not fuel anger
Experience the intimacy of things – Do not lose the Three Treasures
A Blessing for Your Journey
May you be happy, healthy, and at ease with life.
May you be safe from danger and harm.
May you avoid suffering, confusion, and fear.
May you feel safe, respected, and loved.
May you have success, prosperity, and joy.
May you be grateful for your good fortune.
May you see things clearly, exactly as they are.
May you be undisturbed by life’s changes.
May you be responsible for your own happiness or unhappiness– both are a natural result of your practices.
⎈ Translations/adaptations created from my own personal understanding and application. Caveat emptor.