How the Four Truths Can Be Made Noble

Four Truths | June 19, 2014

We ordinary persons are foolish because we don’t know the truth. Specifically, we don’t know that existence itself is suffering, that suffering has an origin, that suffering can be brought to an end, and that there is a path to that state of cessation. We may know it intellectually, we might know it well enough to list it correctly on the midterm, but this does not make us noble. Only the person who has direct insight into the four truths is noble. And it is only for such people that the four truths are, in fact, true.

—Robert E. Buswell Jr. and Donald S. Lopez Jr., “Four Ennobling Truths”


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