Returning to the Roots Of Mindfulness — The Third Noble Truth

The Third Noble Truth is that when craving ends, dukkha ends.

When we see and accept the impermanent nature of all things, we are liberated. We see that it’s pointless to grasp at any experience with the hope of making it permanent. We understand the futility of clinging to anything that constantly changes.

Third Noble Truth reminds us that Buddhism is not a religion in any traditional sense. Buddhism is not based on belief in God — or belief in anything else, for that matter.

The Buddha saw beliefs of any kind as a form of craving — holding on to fixed ideas about fluid realities. Beliefs generate disagreement that can harden into conflict and violence.

The Buddha was not interested in theology or grand intellectual schemes.

He was interested only in one thing: The end of dukkha.

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