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Four Noble Truths of Buddhism

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1. The Buddha's religion was his solution to the problem of suffering. Restate the Four Noble Truths in one sentence each, then comment on each of them.

2. Choose two themes from Smith's chapter on Buddhism (e.g., anicca, tanha, the Four Noble Truths). Consider your own personal experience in light of these. Does the Buddha's analysis seem to provide a good way of looking at the world?

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To begin, let me give a definition of each of the four noble truths, as given to us by Buddha, and provide a short explanation of each.

The First Noble Truth is Dukkha (Suffering). Simply put, life on earth is ripe with suffering. It is all around us and cannot be avoided. Throughout life, there will sickness, poverty, disease, issues with growing old, and eventually death. Buddha also teaches that we can often not hold to on the very things that give us pleasure, and similarly we cannot avoid those things that we truly do not like. It is during those times that we suffer the most.

The Second Noble Turst is Samudaya. This means, quite literally, that there is a cause for suffering. Buddha teaches us that suffering is most often caused by our own selfish desires and illusions - most of which are based on ignorance. This ignorance causes us to want something or behave in a certain way that ...

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The Buddha's religion was his solution to the problem of suffering. Restate the Four Noble Truths in one sentence each, then comment on each of them.

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