The Fact of Suffering

by Friends of Godwin

The First NobleTruth is the fact of suffering. And there is no human being who is not familiar with the First NobleTruth. Everyone, including myself, has experienced the First NobleTruth. 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 NobleTruth, 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 NobleTruth, only get to know suffering.