The Development in the Understanding of
Life and Suffering
In the previous Hindu thinking it was desire and attatchment to the impermanent changing things of this world which leads to suffering.
But now, this new central buddhist texts seemed to suggest everything is suffering, a preconditioned permanent state, and an eternal truth! - do we truly think this was buddhas middle way?
I believe that the first truth as recorded in the Mahasatipatthana must be largely the work of a commentator. If Buddha was enlightened - then he surely had something new .. something which wasnt already in the Hindu texts ... something which he had become enlightened about ...
And to my thinking it would all make some sort of deeper sense if Buddha had said "the wheel of life and death is not running smoothly" - and as he appears to be saying in the 2nd and 3rd Truth, that it is not even the changing nature of the world - but our attitudes - how we perceive feel, understand and relate to life which is not running smoothly.
I can easily believe the traditional view that buddha left home originally to find the truth about suffering, but in my opinion, that is only a part of what he found : the truth about the wheel of life and death.
If you are a buddhist whichever branch - please let us think "clearly compreheding and mindful, having overcome grief and covetousness"(5) ... free of hoping that these are the buddhas actual words .. free of years of tradition and honoured teachers.
These texts are all we have of buddhas thinking ... but i believe to unquestioningly maintain that they are all the exact words of the buddha, is now, in this present age, simply causing suffering and much unecessary confusion in the world.