Four Noble Truths – Four Websites  

The four websites, in the table below, have been created with an aspiration to match each website – in a tangential manner only – with one of the Four Noble Truths. The tagline for each website reflects this aspiration. 

In reality, the four websites each present the Four Noble Truths and Buddhist teachings in a comprehensive way. 

Buddhism communicates its vision of existence through three great images. "Perfect Vision is a vision, first of all, of our actual present state of bondage to conditioned existence as represented by the Wheel of Life. It is also a vision of our potential future state of Enlightenment as represented by the Buddha, or the mandala of Buddhas, or a Pure Land. Finally it is a vision of the path or way leading from the one to the other – a vision, if you like, of the whole future course of evolution" (Sangharakshita, The Buddha’s Noble Eightfold Path, revised edition, 2007). 

 

Four Noble Truths – Four Websites 

 

Four Noble Truths 

Websites 

 

Website "Theme"  

and Tagline 

 

Right View 

(Understanding) 

 

First Noble Truth

Existence of suffering [effect] 

Task: To understand suffering. 

 

http://www.buddhist-spirituality.info 

 

Reality of suffering 

 

Making sense of life and reality 

". . . [a vision of] our actual present state of bondage to conditioned existence . . ." 

 

Second Noble Truth

Origin of suffering [cause] 

Task: To abandon suffering. 

 

http://www.buddhist-spirituality.com 

 

Causes of suffering 

 

Suffering and Its Causes 

". . . [a vision of] represented by the Wheel of Life . . ." 

 

Third Noble Truth

Cessation of suffering [effect] 

Task: To realize cessation. 

http://www.buddhist-spirituality.org 

 

End of suffering – awakening and Nibbana 

 

Awakening and Nibbana 

 

". . . a vision of our potential future state of Enlightenment as represented by the Buddha, or the mandala of Buddhas, or a Pure Land . . ." 

 

 

Fourth Noble Truth: 

Path to end of suffering [cause] 

Task: To develop the path. 

 

http://www.buddhist-spirituality.net 

 

Path to follow in order to end suffering 

 

The Path to Awakening 

 

 

". . . a vision of the path or way leading from the one [suffering] to the other [Nibbana] . . ." 

 

Embracing a vision of enlightenment and transformation 

 Lotus Flower

THE LOTUS FLOWER

In Buddhist perception the lotus flower has special significance. The efforts towards spirituality may be compared to the idea of applying fertiliser to a lotus flower which grows out of mud in a swamp, so that emerging from the surrounding muck of worldly passions will spring a beautiful flower of spirituality, blossoming to enlightenment. Here the 'muck' or mud can be compared to our physical body; the emerging lotus flower can be compared to the developing (budding) perceptions of our minds. The 'fertilising' relates to the direct application of exercise to the goal in view. The fully opened lotus would be the full expression of the Buddha-mind now visible as a beautiful lotus flower in full bloom. 

Davis, John R. The Path to Enlightenment: Introducing Buddhism. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1997. 

 

 

 

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