Wednesday, February 27, 2008
The four noble truths.
The first truth is the truth of suffering; to be alive is, necessarily to suffer. (My addition, since it often seems to be overlooked - suffering isn't all there is to life! But to be incarnated in the world means you will suffer; no avoiding it.)
The second truth is the origin of suffering; craving causes suffering; attachment to the things we have, and think we should have, to wantings and cravings and desires.
The third truth is the cessation of suffering; the ending of craving and attachment.
The fourth truth is the truth of the way to the cessation of suffering; the teachings of the Buddha.
There you go; Arwen's potted religious treatise. Do you feel enlightened?