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The First Noble Truth is the effect of suffering.
The Second Noble Truth is the cause of suffering.
The Third Noble Truth is the effect of the end of suffering.
The Fourth Noble Truth is the cause of the end of suffering.

The First Noble Truth
is about knowing your current situation
(of being lost in suffering),
for if you don’t know where you are,
as a reference point,
even the best map (of the Dharma) is useless
(as you might assume you’re elsewhere).

The Second Noble Truth
is about knowing what cause your current situation
(attachment, aversion, delusion),
for if you don’t know why you are where you are,
as a reference point,
even the best map is useless
(as you’ll remain stuck where you’re).

The Third Noble Truth
is about knowing the situation you wish to be in
(away from suffering; Nirvana),
for if you don’t know where you are going,
as a reference point,
even the best map is useless
(as you can’t reach there).

The Fourth Noble Truth
is about knowing how to be in the situation you wish to be in
(by walking the Noble Eightfold Path),
for if you don’t know how you are going there,
as a reference point,
the best map is useless
(as you won’t be using it as a guide).

Related Article:

The Four Noble Truths
http://www.buddhanet.net/4noble.htm

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