The Four Noble Truths

The Four Noble Truths, in my opinion, best explains the nature of the world and our place in the world.

The Truths Are:

  1. The Truth of Suffering
  2. The Origin of Suffering
  3. The Cause of Suffering
  4. The Truth of the Path Leading Away From Suffering

Within the Buddhist tradition, the term dukkha, or suffering, is commonly examined within three different patterns:

  • The dukkha of ordinary suffering – the physical and mental suffering associated with birth, growing old, illness and dying.
  • The dukkha produced by change – the anxiety or stress of trying to hold onto concepts of situations, people, or things that are constantly changing.
  • The dukkha of conditioning – a basic unsatisfactoriness pervading all forms of existence, due to ignorance of the fact that all forms of life are changing, impermanent and without any inner core or substance. On this level, the term indicates a lack of satisfaction, a sense that things never measure up to our expectations or standards.

Source: Wikipedia

The origins of suffering. In my philosophy, the origins of suffering comes from the seven vices:

  • Pride
  • Lust
  • Gluttony
  • Rage
  • Greed
  • Envy
  • Sloth

The Truth of the Path Leading Away From Suffering is best explained as many of the ideas, doctrines, and journey that I promote throughout my books and blogs. In the Buddhist tradition, the four noble truths, and Buddhist philosophy in general, are understood to be based on the personal experience of the Buddha. In my view, I think that everyone needs to experience it for anyone to truly believe it. It is not a matter of accepting it, but we can base our life around things that we can experience for ourselves. It is easy to dismiss as myth, but the ideals behind the four noble truths and the path to getting rid of the suffering in the world is something that can be best explained through self-knowledge.