4 characteristics of the First Noble Truth
Impermanence, suffering, emptiness and selflessness are the four characteristics of the Truth of Suffering. Knowing impermanence forces us to confront our priorities in life and to choose virtue over non-virtue. Suffering is our reality of contaminated existence. Emptiness means in this case that everything is based on causes and conditions, but that allows us to influence conditions and create causes. Selflessness means the lack of a solid self.
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