The Nature Of The Buddhist 's Claim Of Suffering

1098 WordsMar 29, 20155 Pages
As a result of asceticism and hedonism being deemed irrational, Buddhism was born, the middle way between the two. Siddhartha Gautama (later known as the Buddha) is the rishi (founder) of Buddhism which is built on the doctrine that humans are forever burdened with suffering or dukkha. The teachings of Buddha serve as a tool to overcome desire, which is the root of all suffering. In this paper, the nature of the Buddhist’s claim of suffering will be dissected and further examined along with the idea of the noble eightfold path, otherwise known as the solution to all suffering. Siddhartha Gautama was born a prince, sheltered from the outside world until he decided to take matters into his own hands and ventured out into the real world.…show more content…
To understand the noble eightfold path, one must recognize what the Buddhist claim of human suffering is all about. In Buddhism there are three marks of existence: anatman, no self; anicca; impermanence; and lastly dukkha; suffering. With these marks of existence in mind, it is believed that the misunderstanding of anatman and anicca lead to dukkha. When an individual does not understand there is no self, it is essentially detrimental to their life. Impermanence serves a big role in Buddhism; however, it’s a foreign concept to most individuals, hence their suffering. One has to understand that nothing lasts forever and be at peace with it. When impermanence is not fully understood desire arises from this plight. In the end, the goal becomes to terminate desire and to end desire is to end suffering. Moving on to the noble eightfold path, now that dukkha has been defined, the path is the solution to end all suffering. This path is not supposed to be an easy task as it takes a lot of effort (the sixth of the eightfold path). In another aspect of Buddhism, the four noble truths, the first truth states “To live is to suffer.” In other words it could be said that the eightfold path defies what is understood by living. Perfect view, the first on the path, is accepting the four noble truths and the three marks of existence.
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