There are exactly four truths when we talk about the teaching of Buddha. First, we have the truth about suffering. This truth tells us that there is suffering in the life of all living beings. The second is the truth about the creation of suffering. There is a cause of suffering, and that is desire and connection. They are created from ignorance. The third one is the creation of suffering. The only way to overcome the suffering is to eliminate the desire and the connection. The fourth one is the path that leads to the end of suffering. To eliminate the suffering, we must follow the eightfold path. When you read about this noble truths, you can’t stop but wonder about one thing. They are quite similar to the process when we go to the doctor.
First, we need to identify the disease, then we need to identify the roots of this disease, after that we need to discover a way to cure the disease, and after that, we prescribe medication. As you can see, Buddha wanted to cure our being and our astral body and our physical body. There are eight steps to achieve this.
- Right view. First of all, we need to understand that there is an Afterlife and that our lives don’t end with our deaths. Death is just a transitioning to the higher plane of existence.
- Right intention. We need to accept the life as mendicants. Our previous lives no longer exist.
- Right speech. We need to speak the truth. This means that we can’t lie, or we can’t tell everyone what other people think of them. This is simply not good.
- Right action. You have probably heard that Buddhists don’t kill. The same thing goes with sex. There are some moral rules that are good. We can’t use sex when we are in a monastic pursuit.
- Right Livelihood. Monks will usually beg for food. For those who want to be lay Buddhists, we need to have a proper life. I think we all understand what is meant by this section.
- Right effort. We need to put effort into our meditation and free ourselves from disturbing states and feelings.
- Right mindfulness. We have to be conscious when doing something. We always need to be aware of our actions.
- Right Concentration. If we want to do this right, we need to have the right meditation and concentration. We do this by practicing.