Four True Observations of the Buddha

He didn't call them "Noble"; somebody else added that later.
  1. 1.
    Dis-ease is a universal experience.
    Maybe you know this as "Life is suffering." Bad translation. In reality, we all go through life vaguely dissatisfied, wanting more, wanting less, waiting for that one last thing that's going to make everything perfect. (For me right now it's Frye boots with fringe. And no more anxiety. And world peace.)
  2. 2.
    Dis-ease has a cause.
    Wanting what we don't have. Not wanting what we do have. Being afraid we'll lose what we love. Buddhists call this craving and aversion.
  3. 3.
    We can engage creatively with dis-ease.
    Instead of limiting us it can be fuel for making meaning.
  4. 4.
    This is how it's done.
    Take ethical action as described in the eightfold path. That's another list. Buddhists love lists.