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Buddhism Siddhartha Gautama (~ 560-480 BC) a.k.a. ‘Shakyamuni’ Privileged birth: protected from all suffering The “four sights”: old age, sickness, death, asceticism. Becomes a hermit, pursues meditation Middle way: detachment from asceticism Realizations: past lives, stages of enlightenment, nibbana . 1 Four Noble Truths (Realities) The truth of Dukkha (Suffering, Dis-ease) Birth, aging, illness, death, desire, the self are suffering. Or rather: illness thought of as mine , death thought of as mine , etc. The truth of Tanha (Clinging) Suffering is due to attachment, grasping, clinging, craving The truth of Nirodha (Cessation) Cessation of suffering can be achieved: this is Nibbana (Sanskrit: Nirvana ) The truth of Marga (the Way) The way to enlightenment is the Noble Eightfold Path. The four noble truths can be thought of in medical terms as: i. recognition of symptoms; ii. diagnosis; iii. understanding the cure; iv. treatment. Three marks of all existence and all experience:
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