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I do not truly understand the first of the four noble truths. Why is birth suffering? Life has so many moments we can enjoy. Maybe the roshi can explain dukkha?

This is the wisdom of the Buddha. The fourth noble truth is about Satori. Everyone strives to experience long lasting joy, yet that rarely happens. There is no one who can constantly be in joy. Even when young you might be able to be close to this state, yet when you get old, this joy ceases, you feel more and more suffering and melancholy. Finally you feel despair and want to die quickly. You need to know that there are many people like this. The Buddha awoke to the truth that living is suffering. That is why even the smallest joy should make you happy. This is wisdom.

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