Buddha is often compared to a great physician, and his teachings are compared to medicine. Which among the following noble truth is analogous to prognosis in medicine?

Answer: [C] Dukkha Nirodha

In the Buddhist tradition, the Buddha is often compared to a great physician, and his teachings are compared to medicine. The teachings on the four noble  truths in particular are related to a medical diagnosis, as follows:

  • Dukkha: identifying the illness and the nature of the illness (the diagnosis)
  • Dukkha Samudaya: identifying the causes of the illness (the etiology)
  • Dukkha Nirodha: identifying a cure for the illness (the prognosis)
  • Magga: recommending a treatment for the illness that can bring about a cure (the prescription)

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