Buddhism: Happiness and The Four Noble Truths

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Gautama was to be king. He was to live a life of luxury with his wife and son. His father groomed him to never have to live his kingdom. However, one day Gautama left his home and walked into the world of suffering his father was shielding him from. He saw the wrinkles of a man of old age. He saw someone sick with disease. He saw the body of a dead person (Haught 46). The reality of human misery deeply disturbed Gautama which caused him to start to rethink his life. He said goodbye to his wife and child and left them to solve the question of human suffering; his newly declared purpose in life. In order to truly disperse himself in finding the end to his suffering, Gautama let go of a life of things and ambitions; anything felt to be…show more content…
Some people find it easier to live their lives hoping for a better future, however; Buddhism wants everyone to realize that the suffering never ends and that it should be accepted so people can move on and just live their lives without disappointment. According to Buddhism, remaining ignorant of the First Noble Truth one will continue to live a life full of constant disappointments. The Second Noble Truth: The cause of suffering is desire or clinging. Knowing that nothing lasts is a difficult concept to grasp. This truth comes from our desire of the permanence in our lives. The concept of clinging is described by the word tanha which literally means thirst; the thirst for impermanent things in life to become permanent (Haught 50). People commonly attach themselves to things or people or moments in life that will be gone in seconds. This gives people a false sense of security, holding onto things that cannot last. By accepting this truth, one is confronting the fear of perishing (Haught 50). It is important to note that it is this desire that keeps people locked into the idea of rebirth. The Third Noble Truth relieves people of the pain caused by the Second Noble Truth: suffering can vanquish by forsaking the disposition to cling. People need to relieve themselves of tanha; the thirst for permanence in their lives. Nirvana is the salvation from suffering and can only be achieved by releasing tanha. Nirvana is the goal of life and can
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