I often think of the 4 Noble Truths as something originated in the martial arts.
- idam dukkham, “this is pain”
- ayam dukkha-samudayo, “this is the origin of pain”
- ayam dukkha-nirodha, “this is the cessation of pain”
- ayam dukkha-nirodha-gamini patipada, “this is the path leading to the cessation of pain”
This is a good description of technique or seiho.
idam dukkham, “this is pain”
One only processes a martial art technique because one is in pain or in a painful situation. Because there is no other way out, then one applies a technique to the opponent. One must know the starting point of every technique.
ayam dukkha-samudayo, “this is the origin of pain”
One sets to respond to the opponent only if he is the origin of pain. Then one answers his body, his mind or his situation. One must know from where springs the pain and the power to apply pain.
ayam dukkha-nirodha, “this is the cessation of pain”
One works through opposition until the first situation which put us to pain ceases. This needs full evaluation and understanding.
ayam dukkha-nirodha-gamini patipada, “this is the path leading to the cessation of pain”
One has to understand the technique on many levels: physical, mental, psychological. One has to choose which path one will walk: physical, mental, psychological. Then there is more because there are the variations and then the understanding of what the basic is eventually.
I believe that these 4 Noble Truths originate from the martial arts because Gautama Siddharta was brought up as a kshatriya, a warrior to be king.
It is also how people get around in the city or in the forest.
- Know why you set on a journey
- Know your standing point.
- Know your destination.
- Know the path you choose.
Martial arts is a way to find one’s path. I like to see that they are a path which teach us how to enter conflict, how to maintain oneself inside conflict and how to exit conflict.