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The Four Noble Truths Dharma Talk

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Video of the Four Noble Truths Dharma Talk
However we’ve come to know about Buddhism we probably have a faint idea that the Buddhist teachings will lead an individual to find happiness via a Path or Way. The Buddha said that it was an ancient path that he had found. A timeless path. One, that if travelled will lead you to true and authentic happiness.
The Four Noble Truths are the foundational framework for that path.
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The Four Noble Truths tackle the fundamental problem of our suffering using a traditional format employed for diagnosis in Ancient Indian medicine:
* they describe the disease
* they point out the possible causes of the disease
* they give a prognosis or outlook (this is embodied in the great Mystics and saints showing us that it is possible. Kinda of saying, “Look! These people did it and so can you.)
* and finally they present a cure (they say this is the way that these enlightened beings achieved their superhuman state)
As the Buddha described them – here are the Four Noble Truths in brief:
* The First Noble Truth: The Truth of Dukkha
Which means that life as we normally live it will never make us ultimately happy. That the “normal” ways we go looking for happiness will lead to dissatisfaction, discomfort, unease, stress or actual suffering.
* The Second Noble Truth: The Truth of the Origin of Dukkha
Which is a selfish craving,yearning or thirst. Which leads to self-grasping. Which is fuelled by ignorance. This ignorance makes us ultimately believe that we are separate from the whole (of existence and each other) so we must grab, fight and protect ourselves and what we believe to be “mine”.
* The Third Noble Truth: The Truth of the Cessation of Dukkha
Which is that it can be overcome (dissatisfaction, discomfort, unease, or actual suffering) by living a noble life, by having a calm, clear stable mind, by seeing that life is always changing, nothing stays the same, by letting go and finally by going beyond the idea of “self” which leads one to go beyond craving. (This is embodied in the great Mystics and saints showing us that it is possible. Kinda of saying, “Look! We did it and so can you.)
* The Fourth Noble Truth: The Truth of the Path Leading to the Cessation of Dukkha
Which has come to be known as the Eightfold Path: Right View, Right Intention, Right Speech, Right Action, Right Livelihood, Right Effort, Right Mindfulness, and Right Samadhi.
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By Ian Marshall

Ian Paul Marshall has been initiated by the Dalai Lama, is trained in Zen as transmitted through the teachings of the Venerable Dr. Thich Thien-An and Seung Sahn Dae Jong Sa and is the founder of Awakened.ca based out of Toronto, Canada.