This Portal focuses upon living a good life, taking “right action,” seeing the sacred in everything, being true to oneself and this world, and living a life of meaning and significance.

The First Noble Truth

Life is Suffering

The Second Noble Truth

The Origin of Suffering is Attachment

The Third Noble Truth

The Cessation of Suffering is Attainable.

The Fourth Noble Truth

The Path to the Cessation of Suffering.

Life is Suffering

Being / Consciousness / Bliss

March 1, 2013
To live means to suffer, because the human nature is not perfect and neither is the world we live in. During our lifetimes, we inevitably have to endure physical suffering such as pain, sickness, injury, tiredness, old age, and eventually death; and we have to endure psychological suffering like sadness, fear, frustration, disappointment, and depression.

Although there are different degrees of suffering and there are also positive experiences in life that we perceive as the opposite of suffering, such as ease, comfort and happiness.

Life in its totality is imperfect and incomplete, because our world is subject to impermanence. This means we are never able to keep permanently what we strive for, and just as happy moments pass by; we ourselves and our loved ones will pass away one day, too.

The Buddha’s First Discourse

Joseph Campbell

“Now, I came to this idea of bliss because in Sanskrit, which is the great spiritual language of the world, there are three terms that

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The Wisdom of Buddhism

Atisha (11th century Tibetan Buddhist master) About Buddhism The greatest achievement is selflessness. The greatest worth is self-mastery. The greatest quality is seeking to serve

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