Monday, September 17, 2012

The Ten Fetters (Fetter #1)


There are Ten Fetters that keep us from getting our Zen on.  This is #1:

BELIEF IN THE SELF:

There are many "distractions," as in, entertainment.  There is reading, watching movies and television, hobbies, sports, watching sports.  These are distractions.  Distractions from what?  Distractions are popular because they are absorbing or intense.  A good movie distracts us from something.  What?

The self.

The self is our illusion of self perception. We perceive an illusion because we are perceiving something that isn't there. It is also our collection of perceived problems.  The self is something that must be maintained, because it is an illusion, and at the same time, it is the thing that causes all the suffering in the world. Maintaining this illusion of the self is a chore.  That's why people need distractions.

It's not that you don't have a self.  That would imply a "you" which lacks a self. There is no "you" to do the lacking in the first place.  There just isn't a self.

I write more about this in the book I'm working on right now.  I list the other nine fetters here.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

There are Four Noble Truths

There are four Noble Truths.  Here they are:

1. Life is suffering.
2. Suffering is caused by selfish craving.
3. Selfish craving can be destroyed.
4. It can be destroyed by following the Eightfold Path.