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THE FOUR NOBLE TRUTHS

“The Fourth Noble Truth” takes place within a Buddhist milieu. So we thought a brief explanation of Buddhism might be helpful.

The Buddha did not set out to establish a religion. His goal was simply to show people how to be happy. His method for this was to teach the Four Noble Truths.

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  • Right Understanding
  • Right Intention
  • Right Speech
  • Right Action
  • Right Livelihood
  • Right Effort
  • Right Mindfulness
  • Right Concentration

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The Buddha taught that developing the virtues of
the Fourth Noble Truth is the key to happiness.

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