The Four Nobel Truths Of Buddhism

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If one was learning about Buddhism and all of the conceptualities of Buddhism, the one concept to remember is the idea of impermanence. Impermanence is one of the main concepts of Buddhism as is plays a main role in Buddhists thoughts on life, spiritual practice, and death and karma. The idea of impermanence is embedded into every concept of Buddhism and especially into The Four Nobel Truths which guides a Buddhist. Every Buddhist must accept and believe in the truths to become a Buddhist. So why is the idea of impermanence so important? Is impermanence even real?
In today’s culture people don’t see impermanence’s and everything is forever lasting. To many people friendships are forever, love is forever, the house we live in is forever and
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Buddhists believe that the cause of human suffering is caused by their attachment to objects and ideas. Humans strive and attach themselves to things that don’t give them lasting happiness because everything that they attach themselves will change, disappear, break, or leave. The purpose in the belief of impermanence to a Buddhists is to end suffering. With the belief and acceptance of impermanence one can free themselves from attachment thus free themselves from the suffering that is attached to the attachment. The Four Nobel Truths of Buddhism, which is about impermanence, is one of its defining aspects of the main concepts. The Four Nobel Truths are as follows. One, “All of life is marked by suffering,” two, “Suffering can be stopped,” three, “Suffering is caused by desire and attachment,” and four, “The way to end suffering is to follow the Noble Eightfold Path.” (Anonymous) The end results of The Four Nobel Truths is the end of suffering and the rebirth into a better realm. The hope of a Buddhist is to be enlightened and escape the cycle of rebirth in the realms and to be born into the Buddha Fields. However, this is a lucky rebirth and does not happen to all Buddhist. The next highly desired rebirth is the hope to be reborn into the human realm as it is in this realm that one has the best chance to reach enlightenment, the ultimate goal. The purpose of a Buddhists life is to be enlightened and that is…show more content…
For Buddhists death is not the end, in fact it is a new beginning. Buddhist believe in reincarnation and the cycle of rebirth. One can be reborn into one of six realms, heaven as a god, human, asura as a demi-god, the hungry ghost realm, the animal realm, and hell. What realm one is reborn into depends on one’s karmic actions. Buddhists believe in facing death and accepting death early on in life as it can happen at any time. It is a tradition for Buddhists to meditate with a dying body. This is important as it teaches a lesson, which is that of the impermanence of life and “the changeable nature of reality.” (End Link) It also teaches one to “conquer the fear of dying, and to experience the dissolution of ego.” (End Link) Buddhist believe in preparing for death by unleashing the mind from strong attachments that cause suffering. With the release of attachments it is believed that the passing from this life to the next will be more peaceful. With the belief in karma Buddhists believe that all the good karma that they build up and the desire for enlightenment will result in the rebirth into a better
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