A Western Buddhist's Travels

Sightseeing & detours on the path of enlightenment

The First Noble Truth

The First Noble Truth or truth of suffering. The Pali word is Dukkha, which has a broader meaning then suffering. It also encompasses uneasiness about change, a general dissatisfaction about life in general, that our view of the perfect life is never met. The Buddha acknowledged and taught that happiness and suffering both exist. However both are temporary phenomena. As humans we seem to dwell in the negative longer, than we bask in the positive. He then explains how to recognize this impermanence, how to accept it, how to know what truly makes us happy and how to cultivate true happiness. When we finally accept that happiness is from inside of us, not provided by an external force, we can begin to truly experience lasting happiness.

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