Buddhism

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Naomi Sallay
March 31, 2012
Comparative Religions
Mrs. Zents
Reviewing Buddhism

The Four Noble Truths for the basis of Buddhist beliefs. Explain the Four Noble Truths and show how they were illustrated by specific events in the life of Siddhartha Gautama otherwise known as the Buddha.

The Four Noble Truths are a linked chain of truths about life, the first chain being suffering does exist, the second being it has a cause, the third being that it has an end, and the fourth chain being that there is a way to attain release from suffering – namely by following the Noble Eightfold Path.

The first Noble Truth quotes that “birth is attended with pain, decay is painful, disease is painful and death is painful.” There are many ways in which we are able to feel pain whether in the body, the mind and in life. All of these aspects can feel tired, discouraged, or experience anxiety or anguish. There is another quote later on during the explanation on how “living means sorrow”. Which is a very profound statement, which may seem very dark but it also allows us to see that we must be realistic. Nothing or everything can be perfect, no matter what it is your doing you have to set yourself up for some sort of misery and deal with it. And with recognizing this sorrow and misery, as times get harder you as some people would say sweat the small stuff, meaning that you would forget about the minute details.

The second Noble Truth, which means that suffering comes from desire. This analogy is taken from the fact that with wanting somewhat superficial, amounts to you never being satisfied with what you have. The words trishna or tanha, which can be translated into meaning desire, could be better translated into meaning thirst or craving. Meaning that this desire, which leads to suffering, is either a addiction for that one object or a fear of losing that one object. There are two different types of desire, the desire that is needed such as food or clothing and the...
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