Four Noble Truths

Doctrines and rituals

The Four Noble Truths (Skt. aryasatya, Pa. ariyasacca) describe four basic insights which, according to Buddhist belief, are prerequisite for breaking the eternal cycle of rebirth:

The first truth says that life intrinsically means suffering.

The second truth names the causes of suffering: hate, craving, and ignorance.

The third truth states that suffering can be ended by overcoming the causes of suffering.

The fourth truth explains that there is a way to overcome all suffering, namely by following the Eightfold Path.