The Four Noble Truths (ārya-satya) are the foundation upon which Buddhist teachings are built off of. The attainment of Nirvana, an experience separate from the physical world, is impossible without understanding which aspect of life each Noble Truth pertains to. The Noble Truths outline the cause of reincarnation and path that must be taken to escape from the cycle of continuous death and re-birth. The Four Truths are:
1. Concerning Suffering
2. Origin of Suffering
3. Destruction of Suffering
4. Destruction of Sorrow
The First Noble Truth is focused on the problem that all humans face. That issue is duhkha, translated as ‘suffering’, which traditionally covers a large spectrum of meanings. While suffering means to be in a present state of…show more content… As many people are taught to have a positive outlook, it might not be until one practices meditative rituals that one realizes that there are aspects of life where possible pleasure is absent. It is also important to recognize that suffering is an unavoidable result of changes in life. Anything that brings joy must end at some time and that ending will inevitably bring pain. Suffering can be sorted into three categories: Duhkha-duhkha, vipariṇāma-duḥkha, and saṃskāraduḥkha. Duhkha-duhkha is about physical suffering such as sickness, injury, death, etc. These are the pains that Buddha first saw when he left his palace, before seeking enlightenment. Vipariṇāma-duḥkha refers to the suffering that results in change. Since the world is constantly changing, one can never be certain as to their happiness for the next day, and the day after that. This uncertainty of happiness is an absence of pleasure in and of itself. Saṃskāraduḥkha, in common terms, can be summed up as “all good things come to an end”. Everything that is or has been has an end. Everything must return to the various states it was before it was formed. For example, no matter what sort of life a human being experienced, in the end all humans face death and the bodies disassemble into the various components it is made of. The body decays and breaks down into the materials that form it such as carbon, minerals, and vitamins.