In this talk, Peter describes the progressive steps toward awakening that are accomplished through perfecting the Seven Factors of Awakening. The culmination of this perfection transforms the meditative mind from understanding the nature of the Four Noble Truths–from concept to realization. The nature of suffering is completely known, the experience of craving is seen clearly, the release from suffering becomes more and more complete, and Wisdom becomes completely known. This brings release, first from a psychological entrapment through to the final release, freedom from the illusion of a separate, enduring self–the experience of Nibbana.
By Tommy Harrison
According to the Buddha, the backdrop to all our experiences can be tied back to the Four Noble Truths. We suffer, there are reasons, there are ways to end it, and there’s a path that guides us on this journey. This is our shared human experience. How could this backdrop help one relate to the suffering experienced during the holidays? (more…)