1st Noble Truth: All this is Suffering....
The blessed Buddha once said:
One should dwell reflecting on all phenomena as mental states in the light
of these Four Noble Truths. How does one do so? One sees, understands,
it as it verily is:
All this and such is suffering! Craving is the cause
of all suffering!
The total absence of all craving is the ceasing of
This Noble 8-fold Way is the only method to eliminate all suffering!
And what, Bhikkhus, is this 1st Noble
Truth of Suffering?
Birth is suffering, ageing is suffering,
decay is suffering, death is suffering.
Sorrow, lamentation, pain,
sadness, and discontent are suffering. Being
with anything disliked is suffering. Being separated from anything liked is
Not getting what one wants is suffering. Getting what one does not want is
suffering. In short, the
five clusters of clinging are suffering.
Bhikkhus, is birth?
In whatever being and group of individuality, there is birth, coming into being,
emergence, appearance, manifestation of the 5 clusters clusters of clinging,
development of the ability to sense, that,
Bhikkhus, is called birth...
Bhikkhus, is ageing?
In whatever being and group of individuality, there is ageing, decaying, broken
teeth, grey hair, wrinkled skin, shrinking and fading away, weakening of the
ability to sense, perceive and experience,
that, Bhikkhus, is called ageing...
Bhikkhus, is death?
In whatever being and group of
individuality, there is a passing away, cut off,
disappearance, death, dying, an ending, a breaking-up of the clusters, a
of the body, a loss of the mind, that, Bhikkhus, is called death...
And what, Bhikkhus, is sorrow?
Whenever, by any kind of tragedy, one is feeling pain, sorrow,
distress, internal misery, or internal sadness, that
Bhikkhus, is called sorrow.
And what, Bhikkhus, is lamentation?
Whenever, by any kind of misfortune, anyone is affected by something sad
and there is crying out, grieving, moaning, wailing
and weeping, that is called
what is pain?
Whatever bodily painful feeling, bodily unpleasant feeling,
or unpleasant feeling resulting from bodily contact, that is called pain...
And what, Bhikkhus, is sadness?
Whatever mental painful feeling, mental unpleasant feeling, all frustration
resulting from mental
contact, that, Bhikkhus, is called sadness...
Bhikkhus, is discontent?
by any kind of anguish, one is disappointed, dissatisfied, feeling
discomfort, dismay, uneasiness, frustration, that is called discontent...
And what Bhikkhus, is being joined with the disliked?
Here whoever has unwanted, undesirable and disliked
sights, sounds, smells,
tastes, touches or mental states, or whoever is
forced into association, and
dependence to enemies, that is called being joined with the disliked...
what is being separated from the liked?
Here whoever has what is wanted,
liked, and pleasant sights, sounds, smells,
tastes, touches, mental states, or whoever enjoys company of
mother or father, brother or sister, younger or elders, friends or colleagues,
and then is loosing this company, connection, or union, that is
separated from the liked...
And what is not
getting what one wants and getting what one does not want?
In beings subject to birth, ageing, decay, sickness
and death, this wish arises:
"Oh may we not meet any birth, ageing, decay, sickness
and death." But
freedom cannot be gained by naive wishing. In all beings prone to sorrow,
lamentation, pain, sadness, stress
and frustration this childish wish arises:
"Oh may we not be
afflicted by any sorrow, lamentation, pain, or sadness",
despite no such freedom ever can be won by mere wishing.
That is not getting what one wants, while getting what
one does not want...
And what, Bhikkhus, are the five clusters of clusters of clinging?
The five clusters of clusters of clinging are as follows:
The cluster of clinging to all kinds of form,
The cluster of clinging to
all kinds of feeling,
The cluster of clinging to all kinds of perception,
The cluster of clinging to all kinds of mental constructions,
The cluster of clinging to
all kinds of
These are the five clusters of clusters of clinging, that are all suffering.
And that, Bhikkhus, is called the 1st Noble Truth of Suffering...
More on 1st Noble Truth: This is Suffering:
Source (edited extract):
The Long Speeches of the Buddha.
Digha Nikāya. Book II
Thread: The Foundations of Awareness.