Buddha attempted to release from suffering (through starvation( and eventually developed this release through the use of meditation to facilitate insight (called dhamma) Four noble truths: suffering: there is suffering, origin of suffering: attachment comes from greed, ignorance, delusion, cessation of suffering: it can be brought to cessation, use 8 fold path: use balanced practice. The dhamma law of the universe, aka four noble truths. Truths for the wise: dukkha suffering in life, anicca impermanence of everything, nibbana when suffering ceases. Saddha (confidence): recognizing and understanding the dependent origination. Buddhist teachings divided into: vinaya code for monastics, sutras, abhidhamma complex teachings, liberation of the mind used to point out injustices and intolerance was harmful, encourage well-being and wisdom of human action. Buddha posed rhetorical questions to foster insight. Prajana balancing relationships of intellect and development of wisdom. Anatta non-self: self does not have special status, nothing more than a human, self: fluid, malleable, changes with stimuli.