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BUDDHIST THOUGHT & PRACTICE

THE FOUR NOBLE TRUTHS
  1.  The first truth is the existence of suffering. Birth, old age, sickness, and death are suffering. Sadness, anger, jealousy, worry, anxiety, fear, and despair are suffering. Separation from loved ones is suffering. Desire, attachment, and clinging to the five aggregates are suffering.
  2. The second truth is the cause of suffering. Because of ignorance, people cannot see the truth about life, and they become caught in the flames of desire, anger, jealousy, grief, worry, fear, and despair.
  3. The third truth is the cessation of suffering. Understanding the truth of life brings about the cessation of grief and sorrow and gives rise to peace and joy.
  4. The fourth truth is the path which leads to the cessation of suffering. It is the Noble Eightfold Path, which is nourished by living mindfully. Mindfulness leads to concentration and understanding which liberates you from every pain and sorrow and leads to peace and joy.

THE NOBLE EIGHTFOLD PATH
       Wisdom
1. Right view
2. Right intention
       Ethical conduct
3. Right speech
4. Right action
5. Right livelihood
      Concentration
6. Right effort
7. Right mindfulness
8. Right concentration
THE FIVE AGGREGATES
 The Buddha taught that nothing is really "I" or "mine" and suffering arises when one identifies with or clings to an aggregate. Suffering is extinguished by relinquishing attachments to aggregates.  The Mahayana Buddhist tradition puts forth that ultimate freedom is realized by deeply penetrating the nature of all aggregates as intrinsically empty of independent existence.

The Buddhist sutras describe five aggregates:
  1. "form" or "matter": external and internal matter. Externally,  the physical world. Internally,  the material body and the physical sense organs.
  2. "sensation" or "feeling": sensing an object as either pleasant or unpleasant or neutral.
  3. "perception", "conception", "apperception", "cognition", or "discrimination"
  4. "mental formations", "impulses": all types of mental habits, thoughts, ideas, opinions, prejudices, compulsions, and decisions triggered by an object.
  5. "consciousness" or "discernment".
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