The Four Noble Truths comprise the essence of Buddha’s teachings: they are the truths of suffering, of the cause of suffering, of the end of suffering and of the path that leads to the end of suffering. Life is also violence, especially through the accrued devastation and chaotic speed of the 21st century.
Imagining that the Buddha witnessed the accrued devastation and chaotic speed of the 21st century, he might say…
- The Force of Violence: I forget how shockingly violent Nature is, how thousands of children die daily or how one black hole feeds on millions of stars! Yet of all dangers, the feminine is undoubtedly the most formidable of the forces of matter.
- The Force of the Truth of Violence: I add to the daily quota of violence by resisting feeling my pain, a judgment which I project onto you. As long as I can attempt to correct what I perceive is your problem, I don’t have to feel and/or to heal.
- The Force of the Cause of Violence: thinking that I am the body, I attach to an outcome which I try to make happen. The result of my GReed for Power is to turn the desire body into a voracious beast that can get NO satisfaction.
- The Force of the END of Violence: there is only One path to liberation: my path! What matters is for me to persevere to ITS end – to the END of Desire, when THE UnderStanding of the One of US wakes me up from the dream of separation.