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Lions Roar : July 2018
Gift of Gifts for Ko My son, my love, wondrous is your gift. Your peaceful mind is so precious to me. My son, my love, wondrous is your gift. Your march for peace is so precious to me. My son, my love, wondrous is your gift. Your faith in nonviolence is so precious to me. My son, my love, wondrous is your gift. Your smile in peace is so precious to me. Four Commonplace Truths The four noble truths, taught by Shakyamuni Buddha soon after his enlightenment, have functioned in Buddhism as the most essential understanding of life and as suggestions for ways to achieve liberation. They are: 1. Suffering is pervasive in life. 2. The cause of suffering is craving/self-centered desire. 3. Nirvana (experience of nonduality) is a realm free from suffering. 4. The means for attaining nirvana is the practice of the eightfold noble path. The eightfold noble path is wholesome understanding, wholesome thoughts, wholesome speech, wholesome action, wholesome livelihood, wholesome effort, wholesome mind- fulness, and wholesome concentration. The aim of these principles is to rescue individuals from anguish so that they might achieve personal liberation. Social services, such as care of the sick and aged, feeding the hungry, and education, have all been important elements in Buddhist practice. In this regard, Buddhism has been engaged in social issues throughout history. But when an Tanahashi creating Where Are We Going? LION’S ROAR | JULY 2018 53