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The Reality of Human Life

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t is truth that everything in this life is transitory and filled with uncertainty, but it is lamentable that anyone should ignore this fact and keep in trying to seek enjoyment and satisfaction of their desires. They lament and cry about their sufferings, entirely misunderstanding the significance their present acts have upon their following lives and the relation Their suffering have to the acts of their previous lives. They think only of present suffering

Nothing in the world is permanent or lasting; everything is changing and momentary and unpredictable.  But people are ignorant and selfish, and are concerned only with the desires and sufferings of the passing moment. They do not listen to the good teachings nor do they try to understand them; they simply give themselves up to the present interest, to wealth and lust

Most people,  however, disbelieve or ignore this law of cause and effect, They go on in their habits of greed and selfishness, being oblivious of the fact that a good deed brings happiness and an evil deed brings misfortune. Nor do they really believe an evil deed brings misfortune. Nor do they believe that ones acts in this life condition the following lives and implicate others with regard to the rewards and punishments for their sins. They lament and cry about their suffering, entirely misunderstanding the significance their present acts have upon their following live, and the relation their suffering have to the acts of their previous lives. They think only of present desire and present suffering

They are five things which no one is able to accomplish in this world: first to cease growing old when he is growing old; second, to cease being sick; third, to cease dying; fourth, to deny extinction when there is extinction; fifth, to deny exhaustion. Ordinary people in the world sooner or later run into these facts, and most people suffer consequently, but those who have heard the Buddha's teaching do not suffer because they understand that these are unavoidable.

There are four truths in this world: first, all living beings rise from ignorance; second, all objects of desire are impermanent, uncertain and suffering; third, all existing things are also impermanent, uncertain and suffering; fourth, there is nothing that can be called an "ego," and there is no such things as  "mine" in all the world.

Therefore, people should think deeply, should keep their minds pure and their bodies well, should keep away from greed  hate and delusion and evil, and should seek good.

Introduction to BUDDHISM

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