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The Buddha refers to the Four Noble Truths as an alternative to the self/other dichotomy, which many other Religions use to categorize reality (Robinson, Johnson, & Wawrytko, 1997). The Four Noble Truths form a structural framework for all higher teachings, consisting of the more superior teachings of the Buddha (Goddard, & Smith, 1970). The Buddhist Religion is centered on the idea of a middle path, the way to reach Nirvana. In order to follow this middle path in life, one must first rid of all their dukkha, which is the term, used for suffering. However, the Buddha does acknowledge that before people can begin to rid of their suffering and attachments, they must be prepared to do so (Robinson et al, 1997). Therefore, the Buddha might argue that the personal opinions I make throughout this paper are made prematurely, due to the fact that in my current state of mind and beliefs, I am not yet ready to study and interpret these truths to their full potential.

People can only being to reach Nirvana by taking into regard the Four Noble Truths, which consist of the following: there is suffering, suffering has a cause, suffering can be suppressed, and there is a way to accomplish this (Radhakrishnan, & Moore, 1989). The tasks of these Truths are actually four aspects of a single process that eventually destroys all ignorance, while abandoning all forms of attachment and suffering, which will eventually lead to Nirvana (Robinson et al, 1997). Robinson et al (1997), defines Nirvana as "freedom from any attachment or agitation in terms of passion, aversion, or delusion…freedom from even the most basic notions or limitations that make up the experience of the describable universe" (p.40). This paper will discuss the following questions, through an analysis of the Four Noble...