Every salesman or ad uses this formula. Life uses this formula. It’s goes like this.
(1) there is a problem. (suffering).
(2) there is a cause of the problem. If you remove the cause you remove the effect or problem
(3) and then you arrive at the cessation of the problem (happiness or unity)
(4) here’s what you buy or do to create the conditions in which you won’t have this problem.
This conflation of the. Four Truth with sales breaks down because the way of the Buddha to remove the cause of suffering is not through effort or buying something, but Seeing. And Seeing comes when you drop the effort to remove the cause. When I see that I am the cause of my dissonance with life and that no trying will achieve that, the seeing itself is the act of dropping the cause or action that causes the dissonance. Seeing and action (being) are One, and that is the cessation of dissonance between consciousness and experience (mind and matter) . The Fourth truth creates the conditions in which this seeing can spontaneously occur.
Dukkha (best translated as suffering or discontent with life) is an interesting word. I find it best means duality or the separation of the experiencer from experience, the subject separated from the object, the observer separate from the observer. This gap is the dissonance that is at the essence of human suffering, the wound in human consciousness that drives his evolution to heal this world and restore lost unity, but through ignorance or Dukkha, we keep creating the same dissonance in new ways and forms. Trying to remove Dukkha creates Dukkha because trying creates the duality of the seeker and the goal in time. Dukkha creates time, a future in which Dukkha can be removed.
But SEEING does not happen in time. One does not give up smoking tomorrow; one give it up right now. It is always now when you give up smoking. It is always now when you SEE that you are causing suffering by creating time, time to remove suffering, time to SEE tomorrow.
The magic trick to Buddha Seeing (or Buddha nature which is Seeing) is catching your hand in the suffering cookie jar. We suffer because our consciousness is both light and dark. The light part thinks something else is to blame for our suffering. But it is in the dark that we go for the Suffering cookie, and then deny it in the light. SEEING is flicking on the light of Awareness in the moment you have you hand on that Dukkha Cookie.