Consider the possibility that Buddha used the word noble to imply something to be highly valued and appreciated. This implies we need to value and appreciate whatever we get that is unwelcome. Do you remember back in Chapter 1 where I expressed my belief that whatever bothers or upsets me is there to teach me something that I would prefer not to learn? Thus, we have various people coming to similar conclusions about unwelcome events: Byron Katie's love what is, Brazier's value unwelcome things and my own whatever bothers me is my teacher.
Most Buddhist teachings and teachers teach that Buddhists wish to end suffering. Based upon the above paragraphs, I do not think this is what Buddha taught or intended. As Brazier (2002, p. 52) states, "The Buddha did not teach escape from affliction."
… there is a common idea that Buddhism implies elimination of feelings. Not at all. "The Second Noble Truth tells us that feelings are facts and as such they are complete natural and acceptable." The Feeling Buddha, (Brazier, 1995, p. 64)
© 2008 by Thayer White
Finding Your Soul in the Spirituality Maze
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