Maezen’s Four Noble Truths.

I read Karen Maezen Miller’s newest book “Paradise in Plain Sight” this week. I really appreciated her short and direct description of the Four Noble Truths.

“1) Life is suffering. Things change.

2) The origin of suffering is attachment. It hurts when things change.

3)The cessation of suffering is attainable. Accept that things change.

4) There is a way out of suffering. By changing yourself.”

 

In such short descriptions, she has elucidated the Four Noble Truths in an amazing way. 

Many writers struggle to describe the Four Noble Truths. She has done it in just a few words. I am moved and inspired. Thank you Maezen.

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About Daniel Scharpenburg

Daniel Scharpenburg lives in Kansas City with two kids and two cats. He runs the Monday Night Zen Group at the Rime Buddhist Center. Daniel has a BA in English from KU and he works for the federal government. Once a Novice Monk in the Rinzai Tradition, he dropped out of monk school to become a regular person. He has taken his inspiration mainly from Zen renegades and madmen like Ikkyu and Han Shan. Daniel has taken Bodhisattva Vows in both the Nagarjuna and Asanga lineages. He is a frequent guest teacher on Daily Dharma Gathering.

2 Responses

  1. Hew Dalrymple

    Clear interpretation like you have achieved will increase my ability to convey my enthusiasm amongst non-Buddhist, but spiritual minded friends. Thanks.

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