08 Jun Buddhism: Awakening to What Already Is
Our true nature is pure awareness, also known as nirvana, enlightenment, God, etc.; and is characterized by unlimited love, joy, peace, compassion, and equanimity.
Our existence as human beings is a conditional, physical manifestation of this awareness. This manifestation, like the manifestation of all things that exist, is impermanent and characterized by “interbeing” or “non-self” (no truly separate, distinct self or ego or identity). In other words, we’re all in the same boat, and therefore we can be compassionate toward one another.
Our habits of thinking and acting like we are permanent, distinct selves, cause us to be ignorant or unaware of our true nature. And, therefore, we suffer because we crave, avoid, and have aversions.
The Buddha recognized these realities and taught the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path as a practice to help us gradually understand and embrace our true nature, so that we might stop suffering and be happy.