Essay #5

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In this paper I will discuss the Buddhist conception of what the “human problem” is and the ethical prescriptions that the Buddhist use to correct it. I will also talk about the meaning of dukkha and how it motivates Buddhist teachings. I will also write about my opinions on Buddhist teaching and whether I agree or disagree with them. First, I will explain Buddhist belief and their view on the “human problem”. Buddhist tell the story of the experience of Buddha and how he came up with their systems of belief this way: they say he was walking outside of the palace walls and he came across men he had never experienced inside of the palace walls. He first ran into an old man and realized that you cannot escape becoming old and fragile. Then he came across a sick man and realized that people cannot escape becoming sick and suffering from illnesses, that it is just a part of life just like getting old. After that, he came across a dead man and like the other two men before him Buddha realized that dead was a part of life and you could not escape it. Lastly, Buddha comes across an acetic man who was practicing a form of meditation to reach enlightenment and he realized that there is a way to escape all of this suffering but a person has to become enlightened first. That is how the main philosophy of dukkha was realized. Buddha ran into these different types of men and realized that in human existence you cannot escape suffering. Suffering is a part of life like getting old, getting sick, and dying was for the men. Buddha came to the conclusion that the “human problem” is suffering. So, Buddha came up with the Four Noble Truths after having this experience that basically points out the four main truths about life. The first ... ... middle of paper ... ...heir way of thinking. I agree with the idea of the Eightfold Path, giving the person goals to fulfil so they can reach full understanding. I’ve always felt like goal setting is important, it gives you a sense of purpose for your life and something to strive for and I believe everyone needs that in their life. If we didn’t have any goals or anything to aspire to we wouldn’t have a reason to live. I think Buddhist teachings are very wise in saying that suffering is inevitable, but if you are willing to see that suffering is only your desire to want your situation to be different and you can accept that, then you can begin to take the steps towards learn how to accept your circumstances as they are; there is no reason for a person to experience suffering based off of that teaching. It just depends on the person’s willingness to change their way of thinking.

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