Definitions for "Four Noble Truths"
discovered by the Buddha - suffering, the cause of suffering, the cessation of suffering and the path that leads to the cessation of suffering.
Part of the principal teachings of Lord Guatama, the Buddha, who lived about 500 years before Jesus, the Christ. The Four Noble Truths are: all life is suffering; the cause of sorrow is desire (addictions); escape from sorrow comes when all selfish thought ceases; and the way to escape sorrow is obedience to the Eight-Fold Path.
Fundamental precepts of Buddhism: (1) that unenlightened existence is permeated by suffering; (2) that the cause of that suffering is delusion operating through compulsive karmic patterns; (3) that there is a spiritual state beyond suffering; and (4) that there is a distinct path leading to that state of cessation of suffering.