• Zen: The Four Noble Truths

    Life is suffering. The origin of suffering is egoistic craving and attachment. There is a way to the cessation of suffering. This Way is the Eightfold Path: Right Understanding; Right Thinking; Right Speech; Right Attitude; Right Livelihood; Right Effort; Right Mindfulness; Right Concentration The Four Noble Truths (Sanskrit: catvāri āryasatyāni; Pali: cattāri ariyasaccāni) are “the truths of the Noble Ones,” the truths or realities which are understood by the “worthy ones” who have attained Nirvana.The truths are dukkha, the arising of dukkha, the cessation of dukkha, and the path leading to the cessation of dukkha. The four truths express the basic orientation of Buddhism: we crave and cling to impermanent…