According to Buddhist thinking, what is the cause of all suffering in the world?According to Buddhist thinking, what is the cause of all suffering in the world?

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litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
Attachment is the cause of suffering. Worldly attachment means caring too much about certain people or material possession. Basically, we are owned by our possessions, we do not own them. When we care too much about what we will lose, we will suffer.
vikas1802 | Student

the cause behind all the sufferin there is -lobh[greed],love[possesion]and the differnt kind of thinking is there,because if we have thinking differ to each other we will defenately get argus and this is the major thing that we should neglect.

neon-ice-cream | Student


ivana | Student

The cause of all suffering in the world is the attachment to the wordly pleasures of anykind.

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Suffering: Causes and Solution

The Four Noble Truths Main article: The Four Noble Truths

According to the Pali Tipitaka, the Four Noble Truths were the first teaching of Gautama Buddha after attaining Nirvana.[31] They are sometimes considered as containing the essence of the Buddha's teachings and are presented in the manner of a medical diagnosis and remedial prescription – a style common at that time:

  1. Life as we know it ultimately is or leads to suffering (dukkha) in one way or another.
  2. Suffering is caused by craving or attachments to worldly pleasures of all kinds. This is often expressed as a deluded clinging to a certain sense of existence, to selfhood, or to the things or people that we consider the cause of happiness or unhappiness.
  3. Suffering ends when craving ends, when one is freed from desire. This is achieved by eliminating all delusion, thereby reaching a liberated state of Enlightenment (bodhi);
  4. Reaching this liberated state is achieved by following the path laid out by the Buddha.