Buddhism Studying – Day 1

Buddhism is built upon four noble truths. Simplified, these are as follows: suffering, the cause of suffering, the cessation of suffering, and the path that leads to the cessation of suffering.

Suffering, or duhkha in the Sanskrit, is a “sense of dissatisfaction about things not being the way you want them to be.” The truth of suffering’s cause, or trishnai in Sanskrit, is that all suffering, “without exception, comes from desirous attachment or craving.” Desirous attachment exaggerates everything. Suffering’s cessation, or avidya in Sanskrit, is eliminating craving leads to an end of all suffering. The final truth is more involved being that it involves the ‘right path to walk.’

The truth of the path is eightfold and symbolized by the wheel of Dharma, which has eight spokes. Simplified, here are those eight spokes:

  • right view – understand the four noble truths
  • right intention – or right thought – give up selfish attitudes
  • right speech – speak truth and avoid hurtful words as well as idle chatter (I especially like the idle chatter part. It makes me think of gossiping.)
  • right action – don’t hurt others with your actions (no murder, etc.)
  • right livelihood – be honest and kind with others, avoid deception (don’t be a con artist or drug dealer)
  • right effort – don’t let a negative mindset overcome you
  • right mindfulness – has to do with your spirituality – pay close attention to what is happening now
  • right concentration – keep your mind sharp and free of distraction and dullness

This is from Chapter 3 of Buddhism for Dummies.

My only point of comparison is the Christian ten commandments and the Wiccan Rede. I still think the Wiccan Rede makes more sense than the ten commandments but I think I like this list of eight things better because it also focuses on taking care of yourself. You cannot take care of others if you are not taking care of yourself.

Little more, this time directly quoted from Chapter 6 of Buddhism for Dummies.

The message of Buddhism is clear:

  • Proceed at your own pace.
  • Take what works for you and leave the rest.
  • Most important, question what you hear, experience it’s truth for yourself, and make it your own.

Or, to put it into a picture….



Spirituality Reading List

For lack of a better way to describe it – I’m looking at organizing the spirituality books I’ve got sitting around planning to read and or that I started reading but want to finish. A great deal of these were free in ebook form. The ones not specified as ipad or kindle are in hard copy. There’s a lot more here than I realized. Some of the books on Buddhism are intended for different types of audiences – I think – and going to have some of the same information. I need to figure out how to organize this and probably drop some of the books on Buddhism. Italics mark books I remember having started to read and being intrigued by…. I wonder if I should start everything fresh and new and make notes in a notebook as I go?

Baha’i Faith

  1. Baha’u’llah and the New Era: An Introduction to the Baha’i Faith
  2. An Introduction the the Baha’i Faith (ipad)
  3. The Baha’i Faith: Emerging Global Religion (ipad)
  4. Baha’i Social and Economic Development (ipad)
  5. Prayers and Meditations (ipad)
  6. The Baha’i Faith: A guide for the Perplexed (sample on kindle)


  1. Buddhism of Wisdom and Faith: Pure Land Principles and Practice (ipad)
  2. The Middle Way: Faith Grounded in Reason (kindle)
  3. How to Practice: The way to a Meaningful Life (kindle)
  4. Buddhism and Buddhist Teachings (kindle)
  5. Modern Buddhism: The Path of Compassion and Wisdom Volume 1 Sutra (ipad AND kindle)
  6. Modern Buddhism: The Path of Compassion and Wisdom Volume 2 Tantra (ipad)
  7. Modern Buddhism: The Path of Compassion and Wisdom Volume 3 Prayers for Daily Practice (ipad)
  8. Women Practicing Buddhism: American Experience
  9. The Four Noble Truths (kindle)
  10. Nightly Wisdom: Buddhist Inspirations for Sleeping, Dreaming, and Waking up
  11. The Best Buddhist Writings (2006)
  12. Discovering Kwan Yin, Buddhist Goddess of Compassion


  1. The Tao of Pooh
  2. The Te of Piglet


  1. Zen and The Art of Knitting; Exploring the Links Between Knitting, Spirituality, and Creativity
  2. Meditation for Dummies – mini edition (kindle)
  3. 30 Days of Meditation: Fun Meditation Techniques for Beginners (kindle)
  4. Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind (sample on kindle)
  5. Everyday Zen (Plus) (sample on kindle)