Zen and the Art of Blogging — The Four Noble Truths According to Christian Mihai

Nan-in, a Japanese master during the Meiji era (1868-1912), received a university professor who came to inquire about Zen. Nan-in served tea. He poured his visitor’s cup full, and then kept on pouring. The professor watched the overflow until he no longer could restrain himself. “It is overfull. No more will go in!” “Like this […]

via Zen and the Art of Blogging — The Art of Blogging by Christian Mihai

I love the way fellow blogger Christian Mihai created a Four Noble Truths of blogging, in the above-linked article. In short, Christian’s four blogging truths are:

  1. Get Over Your “Self” (…”Don’t focus on having a great blog. Focus on producing a blog that benefits your readers.”)
  2. Free Your Mind (…”Go do something else and a genius idea for your next blog post may just pop into your head.”)
  3. Free Yourself from Outcome (…”It’s chasing that flow state that matters more than what you aim to achieve by blogging.”)
  4. It’s Up to You (And Only You) (“…just showing up and keeping at it will teach you more than anyone else can.”)

He’s got it bloomed (I was going to say “nailed,” but that isn’t very appropriate in this case — you know, peace, gentleness and all. ;)) Do check out Christian Mihai’s post for a more detailed “zen blogging” injection.

Also, for those admiring the monk’s saffron garb in the post image and who are fascinated by monastic fashion, as I am 😆, you can also take a gander at this adorable article by much-loved Zen Buddhist monk and peace activist, Thich Nhat Hanh, author of No Mud, No Lotusand co-founder (alongside Sister Chan Khong) of Plum Village mindfulness centres around the world.

By the way, the actual Four Noble Truths of Buddhist philosophy, according to Thich Nhat Hanh’s interpretation, in No Mud, No Lotus, are as follows:

  1. There is suffering
  2. There is a course of action that generates suffering
  3. Suffering ceases (i.e. there is happiness)
  4. There is a course of action leading to the cessation of suffering (i.e. to the arising of happiness).

 

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The Four Noble Truths as worded/interpreted by Buddhist monk @thichnhathanhsangha Thich Nhat Hanh (or “Thay,” for short) in his book “No Mud, No Lotus.” . Thay explains, “When you first hear that suffering is a Noble Truth, you might wonder, what’s so noble about suffering? The Buddha was saying that if we can recognize suffering, and if we embrace it and look deeply into its roots, then we’ll be able to let go of the habits that feed it and, at the same time, find a way to happiness. Suffering has its beneficial aspects. It can be an excellent teacher.” (p.15) . You can’t grow a lotus without mud. From the darkest, muckiest environment can grow the most beautiful flower. . Buddhist teachings say that the way out of suffering, and towards happiness, is via the Noble Eightfold Path: Right view, right resolve, right speech, right conduct, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and right “samadhi” (meditation, absorption or union) [Wikipedia.] . An older image remade using #sketchbookapp with #applepencil . #thichnhathanh #nomudnolotus #zenbuddhism #zenphilosophy #dharma #plumvillagesangha #newhamlet #familyretreat #plumvillage2018 #mindfulnessretreat #lookintotheflower  #mindfulness #nomudnolotus #fournobletruths #4nobletruths #suffering #endsuffering #Eightfoldpath #nobleeightfoldpath #8foldpath #noble8foldpath #zenbuddhism #dharma #sangha

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Or, according to Wikipedia’s summary of the Four Noble Truths, they are as follows:

  1. Dukkha: ‘Unguarded sensory contact gives rise to craving and clinging to impermanent states and things, which are dukkha  [“uneasiness, discomfort, unpleasantness, difficulty, pain-causing or saddening”‘].’
  2. Samudaya: ‘This craving keeps us caught in samsara, the endless cycle of repeated bhava (“becoming”) and jāti (literally: “birth”, interpreted as rebirth, but also as birth of the ego), and the continued dukkha that comes with it.’
  3. Nirodha: ‘There is a way to end this cycle [moksha], namely by attaining nirvana, cessation of craving, whereafter birth and the accompanying dukkha will no longer arise again.’
  4. Marga (“path”): ‘This can be accomplished by following the eightfold path, confining our automatic responses to sensory contact by restraining oneself, cultivating discipline and wholesome states, and practicing mindfulness and dhyana [training of the mind; i.e. meditation].’

You might also like this piece: Go for the Happy Medium: A Letter To you, Dear “Disappointed.”

With peace and love for your world-blooming blogging endeavours,

xo n

8 thoughts on “Zen and the Art of Blogging — The Four Noble Truths According to Christian Mihai

  1. strider48

    I like the ‘four truths of blogging’ but I have to admit that number one isn’t true for me. I write for myself not my readers. I’m not really interested in gathering ‘followers’ and use the blog to empty my mind and articulate issues which are influencing me in a negative way.

    Perhaps this is the wrong approach.

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    1. Thanks so much for your comment, Strider. I actually totally agree, and interestingly this approach appears to best serve readers, more often than not, in my experience anyway — if we can judge by “likes,” at least. The posts I wrote only for myself, quickly and easily, and then at the last minute hit publish on, seemed to resonate with the most people.

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      1. Bernie Delaney

        I’m with you, Nadine and Strider on this one.

        A few months ago, I felt like giving up blogging/writing…A wise and experienced writer advised me to just write for myself first. That seemed to remove the shackles and I’m enjoying it all again now.
        Bernie

        Terrific and well-researched post, by the way. Loads of inspiration here!

        Bernie

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