The Four Noble Truths

FIRST NOBLE TRUTH
      What is the Noble Truth of Suffering? Birth is suffering, aging is suffering, and death is suffering. Disassociation from the loved is suffering, not to get what one wants is suffering...

  • First Insight:
  • There is this Noble Truth of Suffering: Such was the vision, insight, wisdom, knowing and light that arose in me about things not heard before.
  • Second Insight:
  • This Noble Truth must be penetrated by fully understanding suffering...
  • Third Insight:
  • This Noble Truth has been penetrated by fully understanding suffering...

SECOND NOBLE TRUTH
     What is the Noble Truth of the Origin of Suffering?

  • Fourth Insight:
    It is craving... accompanied by relish and lust, relishing this and that... craving for sensual
    desires, craving for being, craving for non-being...
  • Fifth Insight:
  • This Noble Truth must be penetrated to by abandoning the origin of suffering...
  • Sixth insight:
    This Noble Truth has been penetrated to by abandoning the origin of suffering.


THIRD NOBLE TRUTH
        What is the Noble Truth of the Cessation of Suffering?

  • Seventh Insight:
  • It is the remainderless fading and cessation of that same craving; the rejecting, relinquishing, leaving and renouncing of it…
  • Eighth Insight:
  • This Noble Truth must be penetrated to by realizing the Cessation of Suffering…
  • Ninth Insight:
    This Noble Truth has been penetrated to by realizing the Cessation of Suffering.


FOURTH NOBLE TRUTH
      What is the Noble Truth of the Way Leading to the Cessation of Suffering?

  • Tenth Insight:
  • It is the Noble Eightfold Path…Right View, Right Intention, Right Speech, Right Action,
    Right Livelihood, Right Effort, Right Mindfulness and Right Concentration.
  • Eleventh Insight:
  • This Noble Truth must be penetrated to by cultivating the Path…
  • Twelfth Insight:
  • This Noble Truth has been penetrated to by cultivating the Path…
— Samyutta Nikaya LVI, 11 Excerpted from,
The Four Noble Truths, by Venerable Ajahn Sumedho.
Amaravati Publications, 1992, pp.14, 29, 38, 50.