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Second Truth ~ You Spin The Web That Creates Your Suffering

The bible teaches many truths. Do you remember the story of the serpent in the Garden of Eden? One of the least talked about and yet most insightful parts of the story is found starting at Genesis 3:9.

9′ And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?

10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.

11 And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?

12 And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.

13 And the Lord God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.

14 And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:’

Nobody wanted to accept responsibility for their actions. As I write this there is a Canadian  senator who admits to sleeping with an underage female but says he is being persecuted for his actions because he is black. The man is also a pastor and it looks like he knows his bible and how to slither out of responsibility for his actions. Blame someone or something else.

While this is certainly an effective technique for avoiding responsibility for your actions it’s a lousy technique for entering into the garden of Peace.

To enter into the garden you need to have the courage to admit your responsibility.

Still, after we have successfully diagnosed our ailment, for a time we continue to create suffering for ourselves. We pour gasoline on the fire through our words, thoughts, and deeds and often don’t even realize it. The first turning of the wheel of the Second Noble Truth is the “Recognition”: I am continuing to create suffering.

The Buddha said, “When something has come to be, we have to acknowledge its presence and look deeply into its nature. When we look deeply, we will discover the kinds of nutriments that have helped it come to be and that continue to feed it.” He then elaborated four kinds of nutriments that can lead to our happiness or our suffering — edible food, sense impressions, intention, and consciousness.’

The simple truth is that if we wish to think of ourselves as adults we need to accept that we are responsible for our actions and thoughts. Only then can we begin the process of altering our thoughts and actions so that we can enter the garden of Peace.

The Old Man


2 comments on “Second Truth ~ You Spin The Web That Creates Your Suffering

  1. […] ‘The first turning of the Third Noble Truth is the “Recognition” of the possibility of the absence of suffering and the presence of peace. If we do not have peace and joy at this moment, we can at least remember some peace and joy we experienced in the past or observe the peace and joy of others. We see that well-being is possible.’ […]


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