Discussion Topic for April 17 class: Second Noble Truth — Origin of Suffering, karma, ignorance, afflictive emotions.
Homework: Please explain the following verses based on our discussion of the Six Sufferings and Three Sufferings and the generation of renunciation:
The pain of walking, one sees,
Decreases when doing the opposite.
Thus the intelligent generate
The intention to end all action. (v. 159)
The wise feel the same fear for even
A high rebirth as for the hells,
It is rare indeed for a worldly state
Not to produce fear in them. (v. 164)
If childish people ever perceived
The suffering of cyclic existence,
At that moment both their mind
[And body] would completely fail. (v. 164)
~ Aryadeva Four Hundred Stanzas on the Middle Way
Meditation suggestion: meditate on examples from your own life for each of the Six sufferings and Three sufferings. Then think of how someone you dislike experiences the same suffering. See if you can generate compassion for them based on your understanding of emptiness, karma and delusion.