Adding Buddhism to the Potter Box
A friend who is both Buddhist and journalist responded thus to my questions about Buddhist ethics. He said that in his experience ethics was not a word often evoked by Buddhists. However,
I’ve heard teachers say that all you need to know are the Four Noble Truths. That encompasses Buddhism. You’re done. What they don’t tell you, at first anyway, is how incredibly dense, and difficult, and especially, how layered the Four Noble Truths are. It’s a lifetime of work.
Anyway, for your students, this is Buddhism, all the sects subscribe to the Four Noble Truths.
The Four Noble Truths
1. The First Noble Truth is the Noble Truth of Suffering. Life contains inevitable, unavoidable suffering.
2. The Second Noble Truth is the Cause of Suffering. The principal cause of suffering is clinging to anything at all.
3. The Third Noble Truth is the End of Suffering. The end of suffering comes with the end of clinging.
4. The Fourth Noble Truth is The Truth of the Path Leading to the End of Suffering. The Path is The Eightfold Path.
1. Right Understanding.
2. Right Aspiration
3. Right Effort
4. Right Speech
5. Right Conduct