By Nina van Gorkom
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Why are we in this life? Why do we have to suffer? The Buddha gave his own unique answer to these questions. He taught that the cause of suffering is within man, namely his own faults and defilements, and not in the external situation. He explained that only profound knowledge of his own mind and of all phenomena of his life can lead to the end of suffering. Nina van Gorkom expounds the basic principles of Buddhism for those who have no previous knowledge or experience of this way of life. The four noble Truths - suffering - the origin of suffering - the cessation of suffering - the way leading to the end of suffering - are explained as a philosophy and a practical guide which can be followed in today's world.