A Touch of Eastern Spirituality
2005-06-29 14:22:46 ET

"The Ten Fetters, "The Noble Eight-Fold Path", and the "Four Noble Truths"

"The 10 Fetters":

1. Belief in the existence in Self
2. Doubt
3. Trust in the Ceremonies of Good Works
4. Lust
5. Anger
6. Desire for Rebirth in 'Worlds of Form'
7. Desire for Rebirth in 'Formless Worlds'
8. Pride
9. Self-Indulgence
10. Ignorance

"Noble Eight-Fold Path":

1. Proper Understanding
2. Proper Aspiration (Thought)
3. Proper Speech
4. Proper Conduct
5. Proper Means of Livelihood
6. Proper Effort
7. Proper Mindfulness
8. Proper Absorption (Concentration)

"Four Noble Truths":

1. The Noble Truth of Suffering: Birth is Suffering; Illness is Suffering; Decay is Suffering; Death is Suffering. Life is Sorrow

2. Noble Truth of the Cause of Suffering: Desire. Desire for Pleasure; Desire for Existence; Desire for Prosperity; Desire for Existence; Desire for Non-Existence

3. Noble Truth of the Cessation of Suffering: Cessation of Desire. Absence of every passion. The Abolishment of Desire. The Desecration and Systematic Break-Down of 'Self'

4. The Noble Truth of the Path: Follow the Wisdom of the Eight-Fold Path.

2005-06-30 03:40:19 ET

so are you interested in buddhism?

2005-06-30 09:46:57 ET

I would call it more than just an interest, though I would be hesitant to lable myself Buddhist. Somewhat in between, perhaps?

2005-06-30 20:46:31 ET

ah well thats cool. i explored buddhism and whatnot for a while, though i found that it wasnt for me. i have my own weird beliefs

2005-07-01 10:43:17 ET

Yes. I personally believe in finding one's own Way, rather than following any established Path. I suppose, if I were to be concidered anything, It would be Gnostic, by sheer definition.


2005-07-02 07:55:40 ET

interesting way to look at it. i agree

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