Apuntes Foundation Buddhist Thought – Fundamentos del Pensamiento Budista (2)

Continuo insertando los apuntes, reflexiones y ejercicios del curso de 2 años que realizo sobre “Foundation of Buddhist Thought” (fundamentos del Pensamiento Budista). . Podéis dejar vuestros comentarios que serán bien recibidos.

Espero que sea de vuestro interes.

In this page there are part of my contributions to the content of the Discussions Forum, essays and reflective reviews regarding to the 2 years Course of “Foundation of Buddhist Thought”.

Over the next 2 years we will be looking at 6 subjects that cover the most important aspects of Buddhism, especially Tibetan Buddhism. They are:

¨   The Four Noble Truths

¨   Relative Truth, Ultimate Truth

¨   Buddhist Psychology

¨   The Awakening Mind (Bodhicitta)

¨   Emptiness

¨   Tantra

I wish to be of your interest.


1º Short essaylette

Do you agree that sense pleasure is “unbeneficial” as it says in the Four Noble Truths Sutra or “like drinking salt water” (p. 24) as Geshe Tashi puts it?

After reading and meditating in the first NT I think Buddha admits different kinds of happiness. In fact the path to enlightenment leads to the cessation of suffering that is the higher happiness. Nevertheless there is some kind of happiness, as the happiness of sense pleasure or the happiness of attachment or physical happiness that are dukka. The happiness of sense pleasures comes from ignorance, delusions and are impermanent. And whatever is impermanent is dukka.

In my own experience when I was a teenager I felt so much attraction for some beautiful girls and I felt very happy being with that person. But because that sensual clinging or attachment, and the impermanent of that sense pleasure to the person herself, when that enjoyment becomes to the end I felt heartbreaking. It was the same with other sensual pleasures as when I bought a beautiful motorcycle. I enjoyed driving it, the sense of the air on the face or the speed. But suddenly my bike was stolen and I felt very unhappy and sad.

The Buddha said that this kind of sensual attachment, are impermanent and lead to suffering. Try to achieve, as objectives in our life, sense pleasure leads to a great suffering because those things that we could think that gives sense pleasure are out of us, they don’t depend of us and we will lose them soon or later.

In the Four Noble Truth Sutra, the very first teaching of Buddha, he said that there are two extremes that should not to be followed, and one is “the pursuit of sensual happiness in sensual pleasures, which is low, vulgar, the way of worldling, ignoble, unbeneficial”. Buddha awakened to the middle way, the noble eightfold path, which gives rise to vision, which rise to knowledge, which leads to peace and to enlightenment. One of the origin of suffering is this craving for sensual pleasures that leads to renewed samsaric existence. This message is highly topical and dangerous, particularly in the western countries, where the TV, films, and the media encircle us with messages directed to consume sensual pleasures.  And we can not find the real happiness from the outside of us in the impermanent sense pleasures that we can not control because its depend of its own causes and conditions. The permanent happiness is inside of us in our own nature of our mind that doesn’t depends of external circumstances. But we as sentient beings are likely to crave to material gratification related with sense pleasure, because our five sensory consciousnesses are attracted by them, particularly by sense attachment. And those attachments are the principal cause of our worry and stress and.

As Guehe Tashi told us, Prince Shiddharta awake and lets back his sensual pleasure world of his Kingdom “because he was able to see how all suffering is brought about by what we call conditioned existence”, the way in our lives, our body, thoughts and emotion “arise in dependence on contaminated past actions”.

We need to be aware that the satisfaction of the desire and sense pleasures isn’t the reality of our lives. By contrast the reality of aging, sickness and death are hidden from the general view.


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