An Excerpt from Jim
of July 21, 2002
Written in the woods a few miles south of
Natchez, Mississippi, USA
THE FOUR NOBLE TRUTHS
Somewhere among those classics I was introduced to the Four Noble Truths discovered by the Buddha around 500 BC. They are:
At times in my life I have practiced several kinds of yoga and meditation, same as I have studied all the major religions. Today I still practice certain yoga and meditation techniques, but I've laid aside all the religions, and even the Four Noble Truths have come to seem flawed. I can no more identify with "Man's existence is inseparable from sorrow" than with "Man is born in sin." Also, I suspect any creed based on "right" anything. However, for me, the advice that "peace is attained by extinguishing craving" comes close to hitting the mark.
This week the forest has been profoundly deep and dark, and with that worrisome blackish tinge like a minor chord being struck during a vigorous melody in C, I have walked the fields sometimes with a brooding mind. However, it has been a great pleasure deciding to rededicate myself to certain aspects of the Four Noble Truths.
This week, memories and meditations have been like bright wildflowers blossoming out of season, just when they were needed.