I have heard about the Four Noble Truths but have not had a chance to look into them in any great detail, until now…I have long been intrigued by Buddhism, and whilst I don’t personally align myself to any particular ‘religion’, a lot of the Buddhist principles resonate with me.
The Four Noble Truths contain the essence of the Buddha’s teachings. It was these four principles that the Buddha came to understand during his meditation under the Bodhi tree:
1. The truth of suffering (Dukkha)
2. The truth of the origin of suffering (Samudāya)
3. The truth of the cessation of suffering (Nirodha)
4. The truth of the path to the cessation of suffering (Magga)
The first Noble Trust suggests a basic dissatisfaction pervading all forms of life, due to the fact that things are impermanent and constantly changing. It also indicates a lack of satisfaction, a sense of things never measuring up to our expectations or standards.
The second Noble Truth suggests that the root cause of suffering comes from ignorance (misunderstanding of the nature of reality; bewilderment), attachment (to pleasurable experiences) and aversion (a fear of getting what we don’t want, or not getting what we do want).
The third Noble Truth refers to the cessation of suffering. According to the Buddhist point of view, once we have developed a genuine understanding of the causes of suffering, such as craving and ignorance, then we can completely eradicate these causes and thus be free from suffering.
The fourth Noble Truth, in which the Buddha set out the Eightfold Path, is the way to achieve a release from suffering. It consists of: Right Understanding, Right Thought, Right Speech, Right Action, Right Livelihood, Right Effort, Right Mindfulness and Right Concentration.
Of course the above is very much an overview. The little work on the Four Noble Truths that I had the opportunity to do via my meditation group has certainly made me view things differently, and I think as a result of writing this post it is something I will look further into.
Until Monday (as Sundays are days off in this blog challenge!), love and truths, sm x