foundation of the Buddhist teaching, the Four Noble Truths were
modelled on the classical Indian way of approaching an illness:
diagnosis of the illness, finding the cause of the illness, and,
if the illness is curable, following a course of treatment.
The Truth of Suffering: The nature of samsara is suffering, as there
is never any lasting satisfaction or absence of mental and physical
The Truth of the Origin of Suffering: Suffering originates with
the belief in truly existent self and phenomena.
The Truth of Cessation: In attaining enlightenment, the Buddha attained
cessation of suffering, and awoke to full enlightenment, discarding
all ignorance, and manifesting the qualities of enlightenment.
The Truth of the Path: Depending on who he taught, the Buddha prescribed
a number of paths, all with the objective of discarding ignorance,
and unveiling innate wisdom. These can be summarised into the Noble
The EIGHFOLD PATH Consists of eight propositions that are grouped
into three trainings. The first training, ethical conduct, builds
the platform for the second training, meditation, that is necessary
for the third training, wisdom.
1. Ethical Conduct: