The Four Noble Truths:

  1. Dukkha (suffering)
  2. Samudaya (suffering has a cause)
  3. Nirodha (suffering can be ceased)
  4. Magga (the way is The Noble Eightfold Middle Path)

(from Anguttara Nikaya 3.61)

Buddhism is sometimes confused as a pessimistic religion since it refers to the suffering in life. But this view fails to look at the entirety of The Four Noble Truths. It is not that all life is suffering, but rather that all unenlightened life is suffering. There can be suffering, but there is also a way out of the suffering and that is why there are four noble truths, not one.

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