Excerpted from my book, The Practical Buddhist:
2,600 years ago, a wealthy prince purposely left his life of leisure to discover the truths of everyday life and started a movement that originated with these four simple truths of our existence. His name was Siddartha Gatauma but when he experienced his awakening, his followers called him the Buddha, or the ‘one who is awake.’
For thousands of years, the teachings of Siddartha Gutauma (The Buddha) and the practices for living an awakened life (Buddhism -as it came to be called) were passed on by an oral tradition. Only mush later did these four basic truths come to labeled The Four Noble Truths.
You can call them whatever you life, guidelines, truths, principles, et really doesn’t matter. What matters is understanding what they have to offer for living a life free of suffering.Read More