by Friends of Godwin
The First Noble Truth is the fact of suffering. And there is no human being who is not familiar with the First Noble Truth. Everyone, including myself, has experienced the First Noble Truth. Maybe some of you are experiencing it even now.
An interesting question arises: Why is suffering a Noble Truth? What is noble in suffering? It is an interesting, useful question to reflect upon. I suggest that it is noble because if from the suffering you can go on to the Second Noble Truth, then you can find a way out of suffering. So in everyday life when we are suffering, if you can tell yourself: I’m experiencing the First Noble Truth, that is an interesting way of relating to suffering. What happens to most people is that they just stick only in the First Noble Truth, only get to know suffering.