The On The Buddha's Enlightenment

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After the Buddha’s Enlightenment, he sought out his disciples to share his recently attained knowledge, mainly of the Dharma. The Dharma is a collection of teachings and doctrines which the Buddha realized while under the Bodhi tree, one of these including the Four Arya Realities (eBook 43). These realities comprise of the assertions that life is suffering, suffering is caused by craving, suffering can have an end, and there is a path which leads to the end of suffering. The first Arya Reality is the Truth of Suffering which is a general idea for the multiple meanings derived from the context of the term duḥkha. Buddhists classify suffering into three sub-categories which namely are duḥkha-duḥkha, vipariṇāma-duḥkha, and saṃskāra- duḥkha (eBook 45). The three categories represent the various agents of suffering. Respectfully they refer to harm due to biological causes (birth, sickness, ageing, death, mental affliction), suffering due to the cessation and impermanence of everything, and the guaranteed demise of all sentient beings. Together, these generate the understanding that as long as one is moving through saṃsāra, whether reborn in any of the six realms of rebirth, they will be unable to find complete happiness or fulfillment during their lives (eBook 44). The second of the Four Arya Realties is the Truth of Arising. As the name hints, it explains that the cause of all suffering we experience arises from craving and negative desires. As there are various

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