The 4 Noble Truths

of becoming a Buddhist




New Buddhism





1.     Buddhists emerge.

2.     Because of distress.

3.    Buddhists re-merge/end.

4.    With the ending of distress.



A person becomes a Buddhist if and when he or she decides to end his or her unpleasant response to adversity.


It follows that becoming a Buddhist is, in principle, temporary, a temporary refuge, as the Sakya Buddha clearly explains in the ‘Sutta of the Raft.’ Buddhism is a temporary REHAB operation. Some go into rehab and never emerge. For those who don’t emerge Buddhism, specifically a Buddhist Centre, functions as an asylum.



1.     The buddhist program starts.  

2.     When distress is signalled.

3.     The buddhist program ends.

4.     When the distress signal ends.






The Buddhist agenda is a sub-program (i.e. an emergency support programme) or support algorithm. It activates to resolve the emotional response to adversity experienced as various intensities of unpleasantness.


Essentially, the Buddhist emotional-response-to-adversity-elimination program functions as psychological or psychiatric intervention (or therapy).


The Buddhist agenda is not designed to eliminate adversity. Since one person’s ad’versity is another’s con’ or con’versity (i.e. boon).*


Legend has it that the Sakya did not comment on the rise and fall of his contemporaries, many of the top dogs (for instance, Bimbisara) coming to a bloody end. The Sakya did not concern himself with the ‘horrible state of the world’ but with the ending of one’s emotional response to the world.


* e.g. If, in a football match, one side shoots a goal, one side experiences adversity, and responds with various intensities of distress, i.e. unhappiness, agony, misery:  with suffering. The other side experiences con’versity and experiences the various intensities of happiness, joy and so on.


The parable of the Raft



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