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Department
Philosophy
Course
PHL 302
Professor
Stephen Phillips
Semester
Fall

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The Four Noble Truths 1. Life is suffering (symptom) a.suffering (duhkha): pain, fleetingness of life, frustration of desire, emotional distress b. occasions: birth -> sickness -> decrepitude -> death - > rebirth according to your karma (dispositions or habits) 2. The root, or cause, of suffering is craving and attachment (diagnosis) a. craving (tanha): personal clinging, egoism b. occasions a (false) sense of individual, enduring self 3. Cessation of suffering comes from cessation of craving (etc.) which is nirvana experience (prognosis) a. nirvana reveals a consciousness that is to be described as an "emptiness" (sunyata) of self b. nirvana is blissful, the supreme personal good 4. The way to cessation of craving (and cessation of suffering = Nirvana experience) is to follow the Noble Ei
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