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This is a great question. In Buddha's time, there were many other ascetics claimed that they have attained Nibbana. However, the definition of Nibbana was varied. Buddha realised that the elimination of Dukkha is the Nibbana. Then he defined the Dukkha with his revolutionary definition including Sankhara Dukka. He realised the cause of Dukkha is the craving. ...


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I believe this is one of those questions which we need to make less complicated, rather than more. In my opinion 'dukkha' doesn't take some kind of profound realization. That life is difficult is something that most people intuitively understand, whether or not they've studied Buddhism. The question from that point - life is hard - forward, is how you deal ...


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As i see it, one can't rightfully declare suicide to be a solution to the drudgery of mundane life lest one knows exactly what life is. Saying things like 'life is unjust' ie is quite rediculous because it begets the question what exactly is unjust about it, is the spin of an electron unjust? Is the speed of causality ulucky? Hence when one thinks about ...


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In the third watch of the night He had the knowledge of the exhaustion of cankers, knowing that He had eradicated all defilements and made an end of ill. The Three Supreme Knowledges of Lord Buddha So the Buddha knew he had overcome defilements and was enlightened due to knowledge of the exhaustion of cankers. Also with the arising of knowledge of the ...


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I only read the title first - and user17's answer. I really don't get the story in OP. But the title question strikes me, and it reminds me so much of L. Wittgenstein in his Tractatus. He tries to logically prove that 1+1=2, and in the end says something like: "Well somehow I deeply understand all this, but due do limitations of myself and of language I ...


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I am citing my answer to another question - Question Part of my Answer: When the Buddha (and so many other Buddhas) talk about no-self, they come from a direct experience of unity with everything. That is the source of “no self”. Their perspective is abolished. There is only truth for them. Unlike our experience where we are this body and mind ...


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Carlo certainly discovered the first Noble Truth of suffering, but there are three others: SN56.32:4.5: ‘After truly comprehending the noble truths of suffering, its origin, its cessation, and the path, I will completely make an end of suffering.’ Indeed he understood the fickleness of craving and its role in suffering, which is the second Noble Truth, ...


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How not to end up like Carlo, or completely depressed at the very least? Keep on questioning, keep on looking for truth. If everything is dukkha, which it is, don't run away - keep getting closer until it's right here. Keep getting closer so you can see dukkha for what it is. Dukkha has to be fully understood, first-hand, directly in front of your own ...


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