- 1) Samma ditthi Right Understanding or view
- 2) Samma sankappa: Right thinking or intention
Why, why do you suffer? Why have you suffered? Why will you suffer? You and I, we must understand why we suffer.
For one to know sin, one must him or herself sinned, however this is no excuse for that person to sin.
I believe that in order to know hate you must have hated, to know envy, you must experience envy, etc. Now on the other hand its foolish for me to seek these negative emotions in order to stop suffering. So my strongest option is to continue to follow this path with the knowledge and experience I currently have. The second best thing, without completely destroying your life to understand this, is to volunteer at homeless shelters and such, which I plan on doing. See the suffering in this world, and learn from your experiences.
I think, you have to totally surrender yourself to the fact that ending suffering is possible and that this WILL work. You have to embrace the end of suffering and that it is not an easy path.
Secondly this also means you must see things in the world for how they are, and that is hard to due because people are raised biased towards almost everything. I am, you are. We must try to view the world not through our eyes, but through a higher outside onlookers eyes, if we do this, I believe the two views will eventually become one.
I have also began attempting the second of the eightfold path. Right thought. This has been extremely hard for me. My mind often wonders into the negative, rather than the positive. We should always have the right intention, which relates to this. Once we see things for how they actually are, than you can have real, good intention. If you cannot see things how they actually are, than you will not have good intention, it will be tainted by selfishness. We have beautiful and powerful minds, we need to use that to make educated decisions to do the right things. You can't use the excuse of the using the right intentions to make selfish choices. People may see through it, or maybe they won't. More importantly you will see through them and YOU will continue to suffer.