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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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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
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
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
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
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.
Daryll Dorman
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!
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.
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.
Contains great tales to demonstrate the subject but there are also parts that are hard to comprehend for a Westerner.
Thapelo Motlogeloa
Love it. It is what it is....if you don't get it well....
Eline Kaufman
The basics of Buddhism - simple and to the point.
Absolutely lovely :)
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