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The Gospel of Buddha:Chapter 45: The Annihilation of Suffering

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And the Buddha said:
"What my friends, is evil? [1]

"Killing is evil;
stealing is evil;
yielding to sexual passion is evil;
lying is evil;
slandering is evil;
abuse is evil;
gossip is evil;
envy is evil;
hatred is evil;
to cling to false doctrine is evil;
all these things, my friends are evil. [2]

"And what, my friends, is the root of evil? [3]

"Desire is the root of evil;
hatred is the root of evil;
illusion is the root of evil;
these things are the root of evil. [4]

"What, however, is good? [5]

"Abstaining from killing is good;
abstaining from theft is good;
abstaining from sensuality is good;
abstaining from falsehood is good;
abstaining from slander is good;
suppression of unkindness is good;
abandoning gossip is good;
letting go all envy is good;
dismissing hatred is good;
obedience to the truth is good;
all these things are good. [6]

"And what, my friends,
is the root of the good? [7]

"Freedom from desire is the root of the good;
freedom from hatred and freedom from illusion;
these things, my friends, are the root of the good. [8]

"What, however, O brethren, is suffering?
What is the origin of suffering?
What is the annihilation of suffering? [9]

"Birth is suffering;
old age is suffering;
disease is suffering;
death is suffering;
sorrow and misery are suffering;
affliction and despair are suffering;
to be united with loathsome things is suffering;
the loss of that which we love
and the failure in attaining that which is longed for are suffering;
all these things, O brethren, are suffering. [10]

"And what, O brethren,
is the origin of suffering? [11]

"It is lust, passion,
and the thirst for existence
that yearns for pleasure everywhere,
leading to a continual rebirth!
It is sensuality, desire, selfishness;
all these things, O brethren,
are the origin of suffering. [12]

"And what is the annihilation of suffering? [13]

"The radical and total annihilation of this thirst
and the abandonment, the liberation, the deliverance from passion,
that, O brethren, is the annihilation of suffering. [14]

"And what, O brethren,
is the path that leads
to the annihilation of suffering? [15]

"It is the holy eightfold path
that leads to the annihilation of suffering,
which consists of,
right views,
right decision,
right speech,
right action,
right living,
right struggling,
right thoughts,
and right meditation. [16]

"In so far, O friends,
as a noble youth thus recognizes suffering
and the origin of suffering,
as he recognizes the annihilation of suffering,
and walks on the path
that leads to the annihilation of suffering,
radically forsaking passion,
subduing wrath,
annihilating the vain conceit of the "I-am,"
leaving ignorance,
and attaining to enlightenment,
he will make an end of all suffering
even in this life." [17]

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