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08 December 2014
Buddhism: The Four Noble Truths
Buddhism is one of the most renowned religions and philosophies in the world. Over 6% of the world’s population are Buddhist. Buddhism was born about 2500 years ago through a man named Siddhartha Gotama, he belonged to a royal family that live in Lumbini. When Siddhartha Gotama turned 29 he had a realization that money and royalty were what everyone in the world wanted but he felt that even though he had them he was not happy. After his epiphany Siddhartha Gotama decided he would go forth on a long journey to discover the true meaning to being happy. Siddhartha Gotama traveled the world and learned things about many different religions around the world. After six years he finally reached “the middle path” in other words, enlightening. He earned the name Buddha and continued his life teaching others the way to enlightenment using The Four Noble Truths. The Four Noble Truths encompass the principles of Buddha 's teachings.
During Buddha’s six year conquest he learned many things about the world and life and how they worked together. The Four Noble truths include: The Noble Truth of Dukkha,The Noble Truth of the Cause of Dukkha,The Noble Truth of the End of Dukkha, and The Noble Truth of the Path leading to the end of Dukkha. The Pali word 'Dukkha ' is generally translates to 'suffering ', but this word as used in the Four Noble Truths has a deeper meaning. Dukkha includes deeper ideas such as pain, temporariness, disharmony, irritation, incompleteness and insufficiency. Dukkha certainly includes physical and mental suffering as well.
Brian White explains the four noble truths in the Basic Buddhism Guid...
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... one knows that life is suffering. When you finally reach pure happiness through omission of suffering you reach what is called nirvana.
The fourth noble truth is known to the Buddhists as The Noble Truth of the Path that leads to the end of suffering. It states that through a path known as the _____ one can end suffering and reach Nirvana. When Buddha decided to reject his wealthy indulgent life and go to live a life full of self discipline he endure the hardships of torturing his body and mind. He then realized the uselessness of the two extreme ways of life that didn’t balance. He realized that the way to happiness was to lead a life that avoided these two extremes, this is called the Middle Path. The Noble Eightfold Path is the Right View, the Right Intention, Right Speech, Right Action, Right Livelihood, Right Effort, Right Mindfulness, and Right Concentration.
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