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Carleton SzeTo The Four Noble Truths, Eight Sufferings, and Nirvana Brad Pitt plays Heinrich Harrer in the motion picture ‘Seven Years in Tibet.’ He portrays an egomaniac whose drive for fame and success only led to his own ego constraining him into turmoil. His failures, his stories, and his life makes perfect example of the Buddha Dharma’s four noble truths. All of which also correlates to the eight sufferings and Nirvana. Heinrich Harrer is not the only human being that goes through the rite of passage, others such as Peter Aufschnaiter, Ngawang Jigme the Secretary, and somewhat the Dalai Lama also play a role with the four noble truths. Beginning with the first of the four noble truths, one would have to start with Dukkha, defined as life means suffering. Explaining the meaning of Dukkha can vary to different people, there can be different perspective of how suffering can be viewed. Dukkha mainly means a “feeling of ‘unsatisfactoriness’ or ‘not-enoughness.’ (Welch 10) It can also be explained in a sense that nothing is absolute and/or conditioned. Something can be so luxurious can still be considered as suffering. Luxurious matters are things one want, not what one needs. That is why it can be viewed differently. A mega flat screen plasma television would be a fine example of a luxurious interest. In the movie, Heinrich goes through the most astronomic of all sufferings. He had many distresses but the most significant one would have to be his decision to climb atop the Himalayas. This suffering will eventually lead him into the other three noble truths. Along with Heinrich was another sufferer who experienced quite a journey himself; Peter Aufschnaiter. Peter’s decision to go to the Himalayas caused him suffering because the nature of the trip itself is known to have harsh conditions, he also had to deal with Heinrich’s ‘I can do it all by myself’ 1
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Carleton SzeTo attitude. As for Jigme the Secretary, his story is a little different aside the rest. The film shows his ignorant ways of causing the entire country of Tibet to suffer. As a result, THAT became HIS suffering. During one particular scene where Heinrich pushes Jigme down, right before the initial incident Heinrich preaches to Jigme on how Jigme’s actions will forever haunt his own life and that ultimately becomes the foundation of his suffering. The last but not least, living the most remote life a person can possible live, the Dalai Lama, his country being taken over by the Chinese government itself is his Dukkha. There are four physical and mental states of Duhhka: birth, old age, sickness, death,
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