The Four Noble Truths 'Suffering'

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When I think about the four noble truths that the Buddha describes, I think of life in general. Every truth as the word “suffering” in it, meaning that suffering is a part of life. The first noble truth reads, “There is suffering”. In my eyes, this means that life isn’t perfect. We as humans will all experience some type of suffering in our lifetime, whether that is pain, death, loss, sickness, etc. The point of this noble truth is to know that nothing bad (or good) lasts forever. Both happiness and sadness are like a life cycle, in that all feelings make their rounds in our lives. One day we could wake up and lose someone we care about, with that leading to sadness or depression. However, even though those feelings may take time to get through, …show more content…
The Buddha is letting us know that everyone typically has a great desire or will to do something. Some people desire to be famous and to achieve this, often try so hard that they end up failing. That is the disappoint (or suffering) that comes with the desire. We cant always get our hopes up, because in the end things usually don’t pan out as we expect. I have experienced this noble truth and quite frankly, the suffering is much worse than the desire. As for the third noble truth, it reads, “Suffering can cease”. The word “cease” means the end, and I see this as the suffering coming to an end. This might mean with the end of suffering may come relief or freedom. Someone who is completely overwhelmed with worries or desires will experience this noble truth. Last but not least, the fourth noble truth reads, “There is a path out of suffering”. This noble truth contains an aspect known as the “Eightfold Path”. This path is reached at the end of suffering and is used to end the suffering. These paths consist of the following: Right View, Right Intentions, Right Speech, Right Action, Right Livelihood, Right Effort, Right Concentration, and Right Mindfulness. There are also three key words to describe the eightfold path in wisdom, moral conduct, and contemplation. In this noble truth, the Buddha wants us to realize that if we follow this path, the end of suffering will be upon us. We will be free from our worries and should trust the words and ways of the

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