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Die Vier Edlen Wahrheiten. Die Grundlage Buddhistischer Praxis

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In his first sermon at Deer Park, the historical Buddha spoke of the Four Noble Truths of sentient existence:

1. The existence of suffering, or dukkha

2. The cause of suffering (karma)

3. The cessation of suffering

4. The Path that leads to the cessation of suffering

This set of four videos collects a series of lectures on the Four Noble Truths given by His Holiness t

Published (first published 1997)
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Feb 28, 2016 Joey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Four Noble Truths is a philosophical Buddhist novel written by His Holiness the Dalai Lama (I will call him the Dalai Lama because I am unaware of a better term of respect for this man).
Allow me to explain 4 reasons why I found this novel of particular interest and why you may as well:
1. It was surprisingly in line with philosophical studies
I found what I've spent years to build up and understand was easily referenced by the Dalai Lama. He referenced how everything had a cause and everythin
Very good introduction starting with the 2 basic principles of 1. Interdependent nature of reality and 2. non-violence. Followed by taking refuge and generating bodhichitta. Brief explanations of dependent origination and the 2 truths. All that to set the grounds for understanding the 4 noble truths.

One of the best introductions I have read. Would recommend it as a starter and for ongoing contemplation. The rest is just as good. Clear, concise, shows where to focus attention.

One of my top 10 Bud
Oct 06, 2010 Ero rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Clearly written and wonderful.

However: why is it that even the most clear, down-to-earth, I-speak-to-you-without-jargon, books on Buddhism, veer directly into lists of rules, concepts-within-concepts, etc?

I'd love to see a beginner's-mind approach, a Buddhism-for-dummies. Maybe there are lots of these, but I've never really seen one. One that starts with the basic ideas...

(life is suffering, attachments cause illusions, illusions are what we build our lives around --> cessation of suffering
Kris Stark
Dec 19, 2013 Kris Stark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
His holiness is always fun to listen to. This is a translated, edited, and organized account of a set of lectures done by the Dalai Lama in London in... '96 I believe? I'm too lazy to grab the book or Google it, so sorry if that's inaccurate. While his holiness is sometimes difficult to follow for some, this is absolutely a great place to start if one desires a playful yet thorough and concise introduction to Buddhism as-the-Dalai-Lama sees it. Selfless compassion is the name of his game, and he ...more
Dan Geddes
Nov 06, 2013 Dan Geddes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For the Dalai Lama the two basic principles of Buddhism are the interdependent nature of reality, and the principle of non-violence. The interdependence of things is a tenet from which many other Buddhist constructs (including the Four Noble Truths) can be derived.

The Dalai Lama introduces each of the Four Noble Truths, drawing on examples both from Buddhist scripture and ordinary experience to support the accuracy of Buddhist philosphy. Buddhism is presented as an antidote to the surfeit of ill
Nov 28, 2015 Wewewe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not really my cup of tea. Neviem, či je to tým, že to bolo preložené do češtiny, ale dve tretiny knihy som skôr trpela ako čokoľvek iné. Neviem, či tento dalajlama nevie prednášať alebo mal len nedostatok času, no celá prednáška bola chaotická a povedala/vysvetlila veľmi málo. (Myslím, že problém bol skôr časový, pretože druhá prednáška, ktorá bola priložená ako príloha, bola výstižná, k veci a veľmi pekná - preto tri hviezdičky namiesto dvoch.)
Aug 14, 2008 Jen3n rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Clear, and understandable. Short and to the point. A very useful and enlightening book.

I really don't know what else to say about this. It is what it is. It doean't really need a review: if you know what it is, you don't need me to tell you. If you DON'T know what it is then it probably doesn't matter what I write.

Recommended. If you're into that sort of thing.
Jan 23, 2008 Will marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
bought in SF jan 08
Jeff Song
Clear, concise, compassionate teaching on the Four Noble Truths.
I think this is out of print, but worth picking up if you find it in a used book store.
Ian Patrick
Feb 11, 2015 Ian Patrick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The only book I will have come the zombie invasion ;)
Daryll Dorman
Jan 07, 2012 Daryll Dorman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Wow, this book really got me thinking differently. It is a great introduction to a completely different way of thinking about life, pain, death, and how I live. Thanks to a friend for recommending!
Hadji VanderVeer
Jan 17, 2015 Hadji VanderVeer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I liked how it shows the reader the basis or the path to start Buddhism or whatever religion you choose
Jun 18, 2009 Quandingo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
love so much
Randy Kono
Mar 20, 2008 Randy Kono rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Contains great tales to demonstrate the subject but there are also parts that are hard to comprehend for a Westerner.
Jan 28, 2014 Siena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: homeschool
Absolutely lovely :)
Laura B
Feb 20, 2016 Laura B rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book!
Glenn Brown
Jun 27, 2008 Glenn Brown is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent, elegant, succinct summary of the basic tenets of Buddhism--straight from the mouth of someone who ought to know.
Yolanda Morros
The basics of Buddhism.
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