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To begin we will first explore what Enlightenment actually is It is the ultimate goal in the life of a Buddhist it is the end of suffering and the cycle of samsara When you have attained enlightenment you still live but with an awareness of the cause of suffering Dukkha so that you do not experience it an example is that an enlightened Buddhist can still enjoy good food and drink but without the craving that causes it to become a cause if suffering to another un-enlightened individual There is no time limit on becoming enlightened you can have as long or as short as you need Everybody needs help and guidance to follow the path to enlightenment and this is where the 8-fold path comes in The eight-fold path is rather like a set of friendly directions It isnt a set of orders or directions but rather a suggestion to make the path easier to follow The Eight-fold path is all part of the Buddhas teaching as are 4 Noble Truths The 4 Noble Truths are the products of following the Middle way which is neither the life of an ascetic or a hedonist but rather a sensible lifestyle The First Truth is that there is something fundamentally wrong with life as suffering is constant the Second Truth deals with the cause of this dissatisfaction which is our own craving tanha The Third Truth is the Buddhas message that we can eliminate the suffering by cutting out the craving The Fourth Truth is a practical guide to help us bring about the Third Truth and end our cravings It is also known as the Eight fold Path This Eight fold Path of the Middle Way is a blue print for a Buddhist seeking enlightenment to follow in order to achieve it It is split into three divisions and these are Wisdom Morality and Concentration The first of these divisions is wisdom In
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