Aaron: After his enlightenment, the Buddha reflected on what could be shared with others, to try to find some concise format in which to express it. The formula that came up for him is this Four Noble Truths. He based it on the way a physician visiting a sick person would state what he had learned. What is the problem? What is the cause of the problem? What is the possible outcome, and how do we move toward that outcome? This was a prescribed formula of his day, in which a physician worked.
So, the first: what is the problem? There is suffering, dukkha. The word ka in Pali means the hub of a wheel. Du means “off-center”. Thus, dukkha is the wheel that is off-center. Conversely, the prefix su means “center”. Sukkha is happiness, the wheel that is centered.
This English language chant was recorded at the Oakwood Retreat Center, in Selma, Indiana on October 7, 2019. Featuring John Orr (published with permission) leading the sangha in uplifting their voices.
Love: I am Love; you are Love. You are finally lifting yourself out of the small place into which you have confined yourself for so many—I don't have a number—for seeming eternity. You are ready to break through to true self-knowledge, because you are learning that just because you have a negative thought does not mean you must enact that thought. Therefore, you can reclaim that DNA which allows you to truly be who and what you are.
We are part of each other. Don't think of me as God/Goddess/Creator; you also are God. You are Divine. You are so radiant.
Yeshua: Blessings to you, my dear ones. I am the one you have called Yeshua—Jesus, you have called me, but my given name was Yeshua ben Yosef.
Love asked me to come forth as something that could sustain and transmit the high energy of love.
Of course, when I incarnated, there was even for me some small forgetting of who I was. So, while I was fully awake, I also needed to be reminded of that, during that lifetime.
Love: I greet you with so much Love. You define the distinction between conditioned and unconditioned, relative and ultimate. Everything in the conditioned realm arises out of conditions, and ceases when the conditions cease. But what remains when everything conditioned has died away? What remains?
What was there at the beginning?