This Companion Edition Modernised and Edited by Muriel Daw
FOUR NOBLE TRUTHS — LEADING TO THE NOBLE EIGHT-FOLD PATH
The Buddha suggested these Four Noble Truths:
1. The Noble Truth of Suffering.
(We find ourselves discontented with all compounded things)
2. The Noble Truth of the Cause of Suffering.
3. The Noble Truth of the Cessation of Suffering.
(Removal of self-centred Greed)
4. The Noble Truth of the Eight-Fold Path that leads to the End of Suffering:
DHARMA IS THE LAW.
It is not an absolute, but ever-changing and self-regulating.
The enlightenment of the Buddha is never spoken of as a revelation, but rather as the discovery of a law.
This law, or truth, is known as the Buddha-Dharma.
The scriptures and teachings of this law are also known as Dharma.
Dharma is the rightness of that which is in process.
Dharma at the highest level is the Cosmic Law fulfilling itself.
The dharma of each person is the flow of individual evolution; therefore recognition of our own dharma is the constant challenge for each human being.
Each phenomenon, every thing and thought in this compounded universe, is its own truth. These, too, are dharmas.