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Today is pain, and it has always been.
Run with passion, there lies our sin.

Unless forsaken, miserable we'll be.
Taught the path, then freed are we.

Here lies the freedom we all seek.

What am I?

Hint (I hope this doesn't make it too obvious)

I am part of a philosophy or religion,
I am taught so that you can leave your prison.

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I think the answer is

The Four Noble Truths

Today is pain, and it has always been.

idam dukkham, "this is pain"

Run with passion, there lies our sin.

ayam dukkha-samudayo, "this is the origin of pain"

Unless forsaken, miserable we'll be.

ayam dukkha-nirodha, "this is the cessation of pain"

Taught the path, then freed are we.

ayam dukkha-nirodha-gamini patipada, "this is the path leading to the cessation of pain."

Here lies the freedom we all seek.

The cessation of the kleshas (afflictions) and the attainment of nirvana

The explanations come from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddhism recommended by OP in a comment to my other answer, great read!

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  • $\begingroup$ This is a great answer, and I suppose it's partly correct (specifically the third line). But it's not the answer I'm looking for. I would try answering each line individually to come up with the answer. $\endgroup$ – Joe-You-Know Jun 4 '18 at 20:23
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    $\begingroup$ Changed the answer again, hopefully to something that makes more sense, awesome and educational puzzle $\endgroup$ – m1gp0z Jun 4 '18 at 20:39
  • $\begingroup$ Good job! I was worried that it was a little too general, though I thought I gave it away with my hint. $\endgroup$ – Joe-You-Know Jun 4 '18 at 20:40
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Are you

Truth?

Today is pain, and it has always been. Run with passion, there lies our sin.

I can be hard to tell the truth, but sometimes we may lie to get out of it.

Unless forsaken, miserable we'll be. Taught the path, then freed are we.

We need to get the truth off of our chest, and we are taught to do that.

Here lies the freedom we all seek.

But we know e should tell the truth.

Also

The first letter of each line spells truth.

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  • $\begingroup$ Not quite, but you're on the right track. I'll say this, your answer is incomplete, though partly true. $\endgroup$ – Joe-You-Know Jun 4 '18 at 15:03
  • $\begingroup$ Edit @Joe-You-Know $\endgroup$ – QuantumTwinkie Jun 4 '18 at 15:07
  • $\begingroup$ Your first answer was much closer to what I was looking for. $\endgroup$ – Joe-You-Know Jun 4 '18 at 15:08
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Are you:

ADDICTION ?

Today is pain, and it has always been.
Run with passion, there lies our sin.

Cravings of an addiction can be likened to pain.
Addiction is usually driven by emotional (and not rational) reasoning.

Unless forsaken, miserable we'll be.
Taught the path, then freed are we.

Until you kick the habit, one continues to spiral downwards.
Once set on the path to an addiction-free life (e.g. AA), one is freed from its clutches.

Here lies the freedom we all seek.

Addicts often (in their lucid moments) long to be free, but do not have the support, means and strength to do so.

Title: Break away from the cycle and be made free

Addicts often go through a cycle of attempting to give it up, succumbing to temptation, rinse and repeat. To break away from this destructive cycle is what sets one free.

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    $\begingroup$ No, this isn't the answer I'm looking for. Your answer isn't on the right track to what I'm looking for. I will say, I do like this answer though. $\endgroup$ – Joe-You-Know Jun 4 '18 at 15:22
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    $\begingroup$ Thanks, Joe. I do agree that @QuantumTwinkie 's answer seems more appropriate, especially with his/her observation that ROT13(gur svefg yrggref bs rnpu yvar fcryy bhg GEHGU). $\endgroup$ – Phylyp Jun 4 '18 at 15:32
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The site suggested editing my answer instead of adding a new one so here goes:

How about

Enlightenment/Nirvana

Title

Break the cycle of reincarnation/karma

Today is pain, and it has always been. Run with passion, there lies our sin.

Attachment to possession and the longing for material things/money leads to suffering

Unless forsaken, miserable we'll be. Taught the path, then freed are we.

We must forsake our lusts and longing to follow the path of the Buddha to be free

Here lies the freedom we all seek.

Free from human suffering

My old incorrect answer:

Is it

Penance?

Today is pain, and it has always been. Run with passion, there lies our sin.

Wording is very much like religious dogma to resist temptations

Unless forsaken, miserable we'll be. Taught the path, then freed are we.

Temptation leads to suffering, unless we abstain

Here lies the freedom we all seek.

Repentance (after Penance is complete) could be release from prison, perhaps

With respect to hints:

Perhaps relates to heaven once we are freed in Christianity

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  • $\begingroup$ This isn't the answer I'm looking for, but I really like the answer. You're heading in the right direction though. $\endgroup$ – Joe-You-Know Jun 4 '18 at 19:22
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    $\begingroup$ @Joe-You-Know, is it perhaps rot13(pbasrffvba) or something related as rot13(gehgu funyy frg lbh serr)? $\endgroup$ – m1gp0z Jun 4 '18 at 19:28
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    $\begingroup$ Hopefully the new edit is more along the lines of the original puzzle $\endgroup$ – m1gp0z Jun 4 '18 at 19:46
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    $\begingroup$ I think it has to do with rot13(zrqvgngvba) but other than than I don't know what to add $\endgroup$ – m1gp0z Jun 4 '18 at 19:56
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    $\begingroup$ In the future, absolutely feel free to post a new answer for every independent solution. $\endgroup$ – floraline Jun 4 '18 at 20:08

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