is this really what the fundamental principle of buddhism is?

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by blondie:

I hope not to insult with my rather 2D interpretation but, I’ve been doing a little research and it appears to me that the main prinicple of buddism is that there is no true anything, soul etc. and it is only once we realise this fully we can truly reach enlightenment and achieve nirvana. however suffering is totally unavoidable. unless we reach the 8th stage anyway. am sorry just very confused am I missing something huge. any further reading or information would be appreacaited . thanksx

Answer by Kuve
A meaningful discussion of Buddhist Philosophy and thought would be beyond the space limitation of this forum. There are a lot of good books on the subject, might a suggest a visit to a library?

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  1. Your description of the fundamentals of Buddhism is quite clear. Here’s how I might say it:
    All human beings experience *dukkha* – which translates as suffering, dissatisfaction, unease, anguish or in other similar ways.
    We experience *dukkha* because we are ignorant about the truth of the world: that all phenomena completely lack in any self-nature (what you might call a soul) and also are inherently transient. Because of this ignorance, we continually experience attachment (desire) and aversion (anger).
    However, we don’t need to respond to the world with desire, anger and ignorance.
    There is a specific sets of practices (the Eightfold Path) which can help us become liberated from desire, anger, and ignorance. When this occurs, we call it enlightenment or nirvana.
    (The four paragraphs above summarize the Four Noble Truths.)
    Here’s an excellent, brief introduction to the basics of Buddhism:
    http://buddhanet.net/e-learning/5minbud.htm

  2. Well, I can’t claim any expertise. But that’s not how I see it.
    For me, it’s the idea that ‘suffering’ is an illusion. In fact suffering is not quite the word I’d use. I prefer ‘dissatisfaction’.
    We experience dissatisfaction when our expectations, hopes and preconceptions lead us to wish for things to be different from the way they really are.
    When we learn to see things as they are and accept them, then we are enlightened.
    By adjusting our minds so that change affects us less we obtain peace of mind. Following the Noble Eightfold Path; particularly right ‘mindfulness’ is the way we learn to do this. Meditation is a way to right mindfulness.
    Hope that makes sense.
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