The Third Noble Truth is the cessation of dukkha, or suffering. After learning about suffering and how it is brought on, Buddha focused on finding ways to end this negative condition. He devoted six years to the process and eventually discovered a solution that can be obtained by anyone at any time, no matter where they are.
An End to All Suffering
Buddha’s solution to suffering was to remove the things that cause it. This includes ill will, ignorance, anger, desire and other negativity. Cessation is a core goal in the Buddhist’s spiritual practices. When working through the Four Noble Truths and the Middle Way, a person can understand the origins of their suffering which removes ignorance and allows them to free themselves from the cause.
Life after Cessation
The individual will experience greater happiness while on their journey. This will increase every time the cause of some type of suffering is removed from their life. Once a person has managed to end all their suffering, they enter a state of cessation which is sometimes referred to as nirvana. This is considered supreme happiness. For some, the process can take an entire lifetime.
While the end goal is important, each step is also fulfilling and vital. New students of Buddhism can experience more contentment and greater spirituality, peace and joy as they work through the process and move closer to cessation.
This process does not rely on the person’s physical location or condition. Buddha’s teachings explain that as long as a person continues to free themselves from ignorance, cravings and desire, their happiness will grow regardless of what is happening around them.
From Happiness to Enlightenment
Enlightenment is the primary goal of Buddhism. It is a total liberation from all suffering. In order to reach enlightenment, a person must obtain perfect wisdom and compassion. An understanding of the world’s true nature is achieved and the individual will be able to help others overcome their suffering.
It is difficult to fully grasp the concept of enlightenment or nirvana. It is a state that cannot be fully described by earthly words. It may be temporary or long term, depending on the individual’s ability to separate themselves from ignorance and cravings.
Many claim that to fully understand the concept of enlightenment, one must actually experience it for themselves. It is not something that we must wait to discover after we die. It’s a state that can be reached in a person’s lifetime through the teachings of Buddha.