Buddhism And Hinduism : The 4 Noble Truths And The Eightfold Path

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Both initially originating in the Himalaya and written in Sanskrit, Buddhism and Hinduism are two of the main religions on the continent of Asia. Many believe that Buddhism first originated in Northern India in the 5th century B.C.E. when Siddhartha Guatama (the son of a king) rebelled against his father and went out into the world in hope of finding a way to end suffering . After trying many things, he eventually sat down beneath a bodhi tree to meditate. Supposedly by morning, he was said to have attained Nirvana, or enlightenment, which provided answers to suffering and how to end the suffering. The newly enlightened one, excited to share what he had learned, headed home and started teaching those around him compassion for suffering. His most important teachings were the 4 Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path. The First Noble Truth, is suffering. Many people translate it as “life is suffering,” but the Pali word for suffering, dukkah, just refers to anything that is temporary or will end. This starts the Buddhist idea on impermanence. The Second Noble Truth is Arising of Suffering. This teaches that the cause of suffering is desire. The Third Truth is Cessation of Suffering or the truth of the end of suffering. The Third Truth teaches that through meditation, mindfulness, and an acceptance of impermanence we can put an end to our suffering. The final Noble Truth is How Well Being Arises, which can be achieved by following the Eightfold Path because that is said to be
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