4 Truths Essay

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The Four Noble Truths/Eight Fold Path a.)What is the context of the document? The teaching of the Buddha’s Four Noble Truths and the Eight Fold Path are both biblical documents which has been follow by Buddhist since the existence of them. The Four Noble Truths was first created in 528 BC in the Deer Park at Sarnath near Varanasi and has been kept alive in the Buddhist world ever since (buddhanet.net). The context Eight Fold Path was laid out by Siddhartha Gautama. What is happening at this time? In this time, the religion was taught through teachings. A man by the name of Braham Sahampati who was the creator deity in Hinduism came to the Buddha and convinced him that he should start teaching (buddhanet.net). The Buddha had five friends that followed him and supported him. They were also his companions in which they were very dedicated to strict asceticism (buddhanet.net). Why is it created now? Throughout time, Buddha’s teachings on the Four Noble Truths and the Eight Fold Path have been very influential principles in the religion of Buddhism. They are the basic principles that are taught and lived by in the school of Buddhism. The Four Noble Truths are “one sutta that contains all that is necessary for understanding Dhamma and for enlightenment (buddhanet.net).” b.)What does the document say? The Four Truths and the Eight Fold Path are both a list of principles that are all related together. “They are practical guidelines to ethical and mental development with the goal of freeing the individual from attachments and delusions; and they finally leads to understanding the truth about all things (thebigview.com).” The Four Truths are: Life means suffering, the origin of suffering is attachment, the cessation of suffering is attainable, and the path to the cessation of suffering. The Eight Fold Path is: right view, right intention, right

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