The Core Principal Of Buddhism

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The core principal of Buddhism is the Four Noble Truths. The Buddha Shakyamuni’s first sermon, the setting in motion of the wheel of dharma, detailed the Four Noble Truths. The First Noble Truth is about the inherent nature of suffering in the world; that is, everything is suffering. From a Western standpoint, the idea that the world is entirely suffering appears pessimistic. To the Buddhists, this is not a pessimistic viewpoint, but an honest one. In this paper, I will examine whether or not the world in suffering by looking at first the Buddhist justification and then my personal experiences and beliefs. The Buddha introduced the Four Noble Truths in his first sermon. He spoke of the Middle Way and the Noble Eightfold Path before explaining the First Noble Truth: And this is the Noble Truth of Sorrow. Birth is sorrow, age is sorrow, disease is sorrow, death is sorrow; contact with the unpleasant is sorrow, separation from the pleasant is sorrow, every wish unfulfilled is sorrow—in short all the five components of individuality are sorrow.” Seeing age, disease, and death was the cathartic moment for the Buddha. When he was living a flawless life in his father’s palace, he finally was able to go outside of the palace. Even though his father drove away all old, sick, and dead people, the gods showed him an old man, a sick man, and a corpse. After seeing all of them, especially the corpse, he was disillusioned with his sheltered life. These were the beginnings of his
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