Chinese School of Thought
by Alyssa Vreeland
1. All human life involves suffering and sorrow.
2. The desire for a life or pleasure and material gain causes suffering and sorrow.
3. Renouncing desire frees people from suffering and helps their soul attain nirvana.
4. The Eightfold Path leads to renunciation, or denial of desire and attainment of nirvana.
Basically, The Four Noble Truths mean that one must cast away their desire to achieve happiness and peace. This is achieved by following the Eightfold Path. The tenants of the Eightfold Path are:
1. Right Views: Seeing life as it really is.
2. Right Intentions: Living a life of good will;Striving toward perfection
3. Right Speech: avoiding lies and gossip
4. Right Action: trying to be law-abiding and honest
5. Right living: avoiding work that harms others
6. Right Effort: Seeking to prevent evil.
7.Right Mindfulness: Constant awareness of ones self.
8. Right Concentration: direction the mind in meditation
The Eightfold Path can be considered guidelines to living a happy and righteous path. By recognizing the evil in the world and doing your best to avoid the temptation of it by following the Eightfold path, Nirvana can be achieved.