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By Noah Levine

Buddha used to be a progressive. His perform was once subversive; his message, seditious. His enlightened viewpoint went opposed to the norms of his day—in his phrases, "against the stream." His teachings replaced the area, and now they could switch you too.

Presenting the fundamentals of Buddhism with own anecdotes, routines, and guided meditations, bestselling writer Noah Levine courses the reader alongside a religious direction that has ended in freedom from anguish and has kept lives for 2,500 years. Levine should still understand. Buddhist meditation kept him from a lifetime of habit and crime. He went directly to counsel and educate numerous others the Buddhist method to freedom, and right here he stocks these life-changing classes with you. learn and wake up to a brand new and higher lifestyles.

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But it is not the stillness that is the problem; it is energetic impatience and an intolerance for inner movement. During meditation it is common to experience the desire to be doing anything but sitting still. We want to be distracted and entertained; we find facing the mental and physical experiences of the body boring or difficult. As our attention runs after thoughts, ideas, concepts, plans, or memories, every cell in our body seems to be screaming for release from the torture of nonaction and nondistraction.

That craving for pleasure creates a natural reaction of aversion to the pains and difficulties of life. This truth can be seen as a simple lack of acceptance: unwilling to accept the pleasures and pains as they are, we go about clinging to the experiences we like and trying to get rid of the ones we don’t like. We also create suffering for ourselves due to our craving to exist permanently—that is, our craving for eternal pleasure. When life is good, we want it to go on forever. At other times, though, we create suffering for ourselves through our craving to not exist at all—the craving for nonexistence, which results from the desire to escape from the pains and difficulties of life.

Freedom is available in this lifetime. The Fourth Truth The path to freedom consists of eight factors (often referred to as the eightfold path). These eight important areas of comprehension and practice, which make up the spiritual revolutionary’s training manual, can be broken down into three sections: Wisdom 1. Understanding 2. Intention Conduct 3. Speech 4. Action 5. Livelihood aga inst the st re a m 22 Meditation 6. Effort 7. Mindfulness 8. Concentration Studying and contemplating these eight factors, the enlightened revolutionary can experience the freedom celebrated and taught by the Buddha.

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