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According to the Fourth Noble Truth, one can permanently escape suffering by following the Noble Eightfold Path. The word “right” in these eight items designates “true” or “correct,” to distinguish the Buddhist way from others: It is not enough to gain knowledge; it must be right knowledge.

1. Right Knowledge

2. Right Intention

3. Right Speech

4. Right Action

5. Right Livelihood

6. Right Effort

7. Right Mindfulness

8. Right Concentration

 

~ acarya jin

In his first sermon after attaining enlightenment, the Buddha taught the “Four Noble Truths,” which form the foundation of belief for all branches of Buddhism:

1. All of life is marked by suffering.

2. Suffering is caused by desire and attachment.

3. Suffering can be stopped.

4. The way to end suffering is to follow the Noble Eightfold Path.

 

~ acarya jin

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Pen and Ink Stipple. Art is approximately 11” x 9” in a 20” x 26” frame ~ $2,900.00

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One of the most important questions all belief systems seek to address is: What is the purpose of life? And virtually all religions propose a way of life that will lead to salvation, liberation, satisfaction, or happiness. Buddhism is no exception.

In Buddhism, the primary purpose of life is to end suffering. The Buddha taught that humans suffer because we continually strive after things that do not give lasting happiness. We desperately try to hold on to things – friends, health, material things – that do not last, and this causes sorrow.

The Buddha did not deny that there are things in life that give joy, but pointed out that none of them last and our attachment to them only causes more suffering. His teachings were focused entirely on this problem and its solution.

This is done by recognizing the impermanence of all things and freeing oneself from attachment to these things. This will lessen suffering and eventually end the cycle of rebirth. These teachings are expressed most concisely in the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path, which together form the foundation of belief for all branches of Buddhism.

 

~ acarya jin

Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it.

Do not believe in traditions simply because they have been handed down for generations.

Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many.

Do not believe in anything merely on authority of your teachers and elders.

But when, after observation and analysis, you find anything that agrees with reason,

and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.

~ buddha