Zen Men, or, The Four Noble Truths
1. Life means suffering:
- To live means to suffer, because the human nature is not perfect and neither is the world we live in.
2. The origin of suffering is attachment:
- The origin of suffering is attachment to transient things and the ignorance thereof.
3. The cessation of suffering is attainable:
- The cessation of suffering can be attained through nirodha. Nirodha means the unmaking of sensual craving and conceptual attachment.
4. The path to the cessation of suffering:
- There is a path to the end of suffering - a gradual path of self-improvement, which is described more detailed in the Eightfold Path. It is the middle way between the two extremes of excessive self-indulgence (hedonism) and excessive self-mortification (asceticism); and it leads to the end of the cycle of rebirth.
“I like sleeping alone, stretching out like a skydiver… Cool patches to roll onto. I just appreciate it more.”
“I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore!”