Buddhism and the Four Noble Truths Essay

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Tilopa once said, “It is not the outer objects that entangle us. It is the inner clinging that entangles us.” Over 2500 years ago, Buddha outlined the framework for Buddhist thought in which he declared that he taught suffering, its origin, cessation and path. The four noble truths contain the basis of Buddha’s ideas which he attained while meditating under a bodhi tree, which would later become a Buddhist symbol. While Buddhism is not practiced by many, its affect in the world can be seen in the utilization of the four noble truths that Buddha was enlightened with. By accepting the four noble truths, we are able to identify, heal, and be set free from a life of suffering. To begin with, the common bond humans share with each other in…show more content…
The poor man surprisingly walked around peacefully, and this gave the first Buddha the idea of roaming around, abstaining from indulgences, and trying to discover a cure all to end pain and misery. (Chaney, 3.) To continue, the Buddha said in his teaching that life is dukkha, the exact translation of the word to English is unknown, but most believe it is suffering. However, even things such as happiness and success eventually become dukkha. According to Buddha, life is impermanent and is constantly changing. Buddha Gotama said to his disciples, “Impermanent, subject to change, are component things. Strive on with heedfulness” (Thera, 6). This simply means that life and anything in the world is constantly changing. For example, you could win an award for being an outstanding athlete, but the happiness that brings is only short term. Life is dukkha and the happiness it brings will quickly subside. Buddha wanted his followers to realize the impermanence of life, and the dynamic changes that happen on a daily basis. This learning experience would provide a key into understanding what suffering is, and why every human shares the same common theme of suffering. As humans, we continually push ourselves to reach goals that we set for ourselves. However, the Buddha believes that this thirst for success only disappoints us because we are constantly trying to push barriers that we sometimes cannot physically

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