Investigate, Understand, Develop.
Step 1 : Recognize … this is Dukkha.
Reverend, there are these three forms of suffering. The suffering inherent in painful feeling; the suffering inherent in conditions; and the suffering inherent in perishing. These are the three forms of suffering.
Step 2 : Investigate … there is a cause of this Dukkha… and it lies in one’s craving for maintaining the ‘optimal’ level of sense stimulation, the desire for things to come into existence or continue existing, the desire for things to disappear or not come into existence… All rooted in Ego and that sense of “ME & MINE”.
what is the gratification, what is the danger, and what is the escape in the case of sensual pleasures? What is the gratification, what is the danger, and what is the escape in the case of material form? What is the gratification, what is the danger, and what is the escape in the case of feelings?
But everything is Impermanent, attachment to what is impermanent is the source of Dukkha, none of these things or conditions have any permanent essence which can be held onto or controlled… they are all dependently originated… subject to multiple causes and conditions outside of any control, lasting while those conditions permit and disappearing when the underlying conditions change…there really is no one and no thing in charge!
With ignorance as condition, volitional formations come to be; with volitional formations as condition, consciousness…. Such is the origin of this whole mass of suffering.
Step 3 : Having completely understood the cause of this Dukkha, experience its ending.
And what is the cessation of suffering? When craving ceases, suffering ceases.
Step 4 : Develop the skills to be able to deal with Dukkha and to prevent its arising… to let go of craving and experience the peace of Nibbana… ie. Know and develop the Eight Fold Path!
what is the noble eightfold path?
It is as follows:
- Right view,
- right thought,
- right speech,
- right action,
- right livelihood,
- right endeavour,
- right mindfulness,
- right concentration.