|The Buddha awakened and taught awakening|
Unfortunately, most people misunderstand these four because they misunderstand the word dukkha.
- The Buddha points at desire (tanha, craving) because he understood when he became enlightened that we can directly do something about that here and now. We cannot directly undo ignorance, which is effortlessly dispelled like darkness in the presence of enlightenment.
|This path of practice is for direct knowing|
Understanding alone is not enough. This is a path of practice. The first thing to grasp is mundane and supramundane "right view."
- virtuous actions -- such as letting go, giving, and offering alms -- have moral significance,
- skillful and unskillful deeds produce corresponding fruits and mental resultants,
- one has a duty to serve mother and father,
- there is rebirth and worlds beyond this visible world, and
- that spiritual teachers of high attainment can be found who expound the truth about the world on the basis of their own direct realization.
|When one knows and sees, one is free.|