OK, we are talking about the accidental way of life and in my talk I use Forest Gump as a movie metaphor for this Zen way of life. Life is imperfect and accidents are the way imperfection happens, accidents are the way our plans become imperfect. Is that a problem? Why do accidents hurt? I would like to know.
Life is suffering, said the Buddha, which another way of saying life is accidental. You are going to lose stuff. Everything dies. Everything changes, everything suffering loss. Life is loss.
And yet life is getting. Getting and Losing are the same coin only looked at from different sides. So when we have an accident we say TAILS, Damn it! When we have an accidental discovery, we says HEADS, a miracle. Thank you Jesus. Same coin.
If we see that (second noble truth of Buddhism) we will blow out the the Ego of suffering or the ignorance that doesn’t see that. Buddhism is very simple when understood in our everyday life.
Life is accidental, all of it. (first noble truth)
Not seeing that is the cause of our mental suffering. (second truth)
Seeing that is Nirvana or the liberation from this ignorance. (third truth)
And here are eight practices (fourth truth) or ways by which you can create the conditions so you can realize the first three truths.
Very simple. Blowing out the candle of suffering means that we have to work with what we’ve got in order to be free. And what we all have in abundance is suffering, or the pain of accidental loss. We never plan to lose. We only plan to win, but losing comes with the planning as something unforeseen, something evil and anti-me. But we keep planning as if we can plan out the accidental and just have a life with only winning and no losing. (Does that sound familiar? )