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Suffering and Its Causes

Lecture no. 8 from the course: Understanding the Dark Side of Human Nature

Suffering and Its Causes

Taught by Professor Daniel Breyer | 31 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Philosophy & Religion Courses

Why do we suffer, and how can we avoid it? The Buddha addresses these questions directly in his Four Noble Truths. Although sometimes erroneously condensed into the pessimistic “all life is suffering,” you’ll learn about the Buddha’s optimistic path forward. But do the Buddha’s teachings carry truth for us in the 21st century? An evolutionary psychologist provides a fascinating answer.

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