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Buddhism

Oscar Medina

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August 31, 2011

Dr. Richard Albin

Buddhism

1. The First Noble Truth: To Live is to Suffer – possessing a body means that we can be exhausted and ill. Having a brain means that we can be bothered and disheartened. We have so many daily duties that our lives become a long directory of things to do. To live means to experience concern, defeat, and from time to time even distress (Molloy, 2010). Explanation – I believe that it means that it is impossible to live without suffering. We must endure physical pain such as illness, injury, fatigue, and then death. We must undergo emotional suffering such as lonesomeness, aggravation, fear, distress, and anger. 2. The Second Noble Truth: Suffering Comes From Desire – it comes from wanting what we cannot have and from not being content with what we do have. Explanation – I believe that it has to do with the desire of pleasure such as very good food, pleasant sexual experiences, and enjoyable music. It seems that we disregard the fact that fulfilling our desires does not bring a stop to them (Molloy, 2010). 3. The Third Noble Truth: To End Suffering, End Desire – a suggestion that everyone should calmly accept whatever occurs and aim less for contentment and aim more for internal peace. One should focus on the current moment, not on the past or future or the desire for them (Molloy, 2010). Explanation – I believe that it means that suffering can be ended by attaining disinterest. I believe that suffering can be overcome through human action by simply removing the root of the suffering. 4. The Fourth Noble Truth: Release from Suffering Is Possible and Can Be Attained by Following the Noble Eightfold Path – the eventual goal of Buddhism is nirvana. Nirvana suggests many things, such as the end of anguish, inner peace, and freeing from boundaries of the world (Molloy, 2010). Explanation – I believe that it means that happiness can...
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