Buddhism Meditation

The 4 Noble Truths

The Four Noble Truths refer to an early teaching the Buddha gave soon after his enlightenment. In short we crave and cling to impermanent states and things, truly we are incapable of satisfying these cravings and it's the source of all our pain and suffering (dukkha). This craving keeps us caught in samsara, the endless cycle of repeated rebirth and dying again, and the dukkha that comes with it. There is a way to eliminate this craving and there is freedom from the cycle when this craving is ultimately extinguished.

The Four Noble Truths
1. Dukkha exists – unsatisfactoriness, suffering, discontent, stress (to be Investigated)
2. The cause or origin of dukkha is craving (tanha-lit. thirst) or clinging (to be Abandoned)
3. Dukkha ceases with the relinquishment of that craving (to be Realized)
4. The path leading to the cessation of dukkha is the Noble Eightfold Path (to be Developed)