By: Hailey Huffman

4 Noble Truths:

The Truth of Suffering- Life involves suffering or dissatisfaction. Even the most privileged lives involve suffering or dissatisfaction of some sort.

The Truth of the Cause of Suffering- Suffering is caused by desire, specifically unenlightened desire.

The Truth of the End of Suffering- When unenlightened desire is ceased or eliminated from life, suffering ceases as well.

The Truth of the Path leading to the End of Suffering- Desire is enlightened through right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, right concentration, right understanding and right resolve.

The four Noble Truths are used to guide to the end of suffering.

8 Fold Path:

Right View (Know the truth)- Vision of the nature of reality and the path of transformation.

Right Intention (Free your mind of evil)- An informed heart and feeling mind that are free to practice letting go.

Right Speech (Say nothing that hurts others)- Clear, truthful, uplifting and non-harmful communication.

Right Action (Work for the good of others)- An ethical foundation for life based on the principle of non-exploitation of oneself and others.

Right Livelihood (Respect life)- This is a livelihood based on correct action the ethical principal of non-exploitation.

Right Effort (Resist evil)- Consciously directing our life energy to the transformative path of creative and healing action that fosters wholeness.

Right Concentration (Practice meditation)- Levels of Awareness and mindfulness - of things, oneself, feelings, thought, people and Reality.

Right Mindfulness (control your thoughts)- To be fixed, absorbed in or established at one point, thus the first level of meaning is concentration when the mind is fixed on a single object.

The Eight Fold Path is used to develop insight into the true nature of phenomena (or reality) and to eradicate greed, hatred, and delusion.