To exist is to suffer
The Buddha’s basic teachings rest on what arc called the Four Noble Truths:
- No one can deny that suffering is the condition of all existence.
- Suffering and general dissatisfaction come to human beings because they are possessive, greedy, and, above all, self-centered.
- Egocentrism, possessiveness, and greed can, however, be understood, overcome, rooted out.
- This rooting out, this vanquishing, can be brought about by following a simple, reasonable Eightfold Path of behavior in thought, word, and deed. Change of viewpoint will manifest itself in a new outlook and new patterns of behavior.
Contributed by andrewhusband