The 4 Noble Truths ~ May 5

Eightfold Path

Buddha's 4 Noble Truths

The mind can go in a thousand directions, but on this beautiful path, I walk in peace.
With each step, the wind blows. With each step, a flower blooms.

- Thich Nhat Hanh

According to Buddhist tradition, the Buddha shared the 4 Noble Truths in the very first teaching he gave after he attained enlightenment, and he clarified their meaning further in many subsequent teachings.

These 4 Noble Truths are regarded as central to the teachings of Buddhism. They provide a unifying theme, a conceptual framework for all Buddhist thought.

The Buddha compared these essential truths to the footprints of an elephant: just as the footprints of all the other animals can fit within the footprint of an elephant, in the same way, all of the teachings of the Buddha are contained within the teachings on the 4 Noble Truths.

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