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Four Noble Truths

Updated: Sep 23, 2021

What are the four noble truths? Buddhism’s famed four truths are called noble because they liberate us from suffering. They are the Buddha’s basic teaching, encapsulating the entire Buddhist path.


1. Suffering

Life always involves suffering, in obvious and subtle forms. Even when things seem good, we always feel an undercurrent of anxiety and uncertainty inside.

2. The Cause of Suffering

The cause of suffering is craving and fundamental ignorance. We suffer because of our mistaken belief that we are a separate, independent, solid “I.” The painful and futile struggle to maintain this delusion of ego is known as samsara, or cyclic existence.

3. The End of Suffering

The good news is that our obscurations are temporary. They are like passing clouds that obscure the sun of our enlightened nature, which is always present. Therefore, suffering can end because our obscurations can be purified and awakened mind is always available to us.

4. The Path

By living ethically, practicing meditation, and developing wisdom, we can take exactly the same journey to enlightenment and freedom from suffering that the buddhas do. We too can wake up.



Two Podcasts by Joesph Goldstein

Four Noble Truths: Truth Of Dukkha

Joseph Goldstein– Insight Hour – Ep. 30 The Four Noble Truths: Dukkha


Lama Surya Das- Buddhism 101: Happiness and Four Noble Truths

Lama Surya Das, one of the foremost American Buddhist teachers, gives a discussion on the basic premises of a spiritual life, and the ideas central to Buddhism.

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