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.
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.
BY MELVIN MCLEOD| MARCH 12, 2018
Two Podcasts by Joesph Goldstein
Four Noble Truths: Truth Of Dukkha
Joseph Goldstein- 2008-05-09 52:34 https://dharmaseed.org/talks/audio_player/96/3587.html
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.