Monkego May 13, 2015 01:16

Recently, I attended a local Buddhist Dharma service. New to the experience, I can make no comparison to other services. The community suits me.

After 30 minutes of silent meditation and chanting, a young monk led the service by sharing a personal experience. A highly educated man, he described a recent unsuccessful wrestling match with a fax machine. Despite investing fifteen minutes and reading the directions, he was unable to send documents to his Korean counterpart.

To salve his ego, he rationalized that the task at which he failed was usually and appropriately performed by an administrative assistant. The monk then admitted that he temporarily placed the job of an administrative assistant as subordinate to that of a monk. Following his realization that, while on a corporate organizational chart his viewpoint might be practical, he was not demonstrating the compassion for all sentient beings to which he had committed his life.

By sharing his struggle and experience, he provided comfort and a better perspective on my own path.

Thank you kind monk.

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 What are The Four Noble Truths?

  1. The truth of suffering
  2. The truth of the origin of suffering
  3. The truth of the cessation of suffering
  4. The truth of the path to the cessation of suffering

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  2. Right intention
  3. Right action
  4. Right speech
  5. Right livelihood
  6. Right effort
  7. Right mindfulness
  8. Right concentration

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