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Chris Mitchell HIST103 – 10 2/22/07 What The Buddha Taught Study Q #1: According to Prince Gautama’s Four Noble Truths the great problem that humans are faced with is the problem of misery. Misery can come in many forms. Gautama realized there is misery in the world at age 29, through old age, illness and death. He then spent time searching for an answer to why misery exists. He entered a state of deep meditation under a fig tree in the village of Bodh Gaya. In this state he achieved “enlightenment” and therefore became Buddha. He then wrote the four noble truths as Buddha and describes misery, how it comes to be and how to rid you of it. Expanding on his early acknowledgment of misery in old age, illness and death, the Four Noble Truths add birth, disease, sorrow, lamentation, grief and despair. This is called the Truth Concerning Misery, which is the first part of the four noble truths. The second part of the four noble truths explains the origin of misery. Buddha states, “It is
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