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The Four Noble Truths

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The four noble truths are well known as the Buddha's first and most essential explanation of his enlightened realizations. The truths diagnose the human existential crisis--suffering and its origin--and prescribe a solution--cessation and the path. To understand the four noble truths is to understand Buddhism as a whole.

In The Four Noble Truths, Geshe Tashi draws on his
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Paperback, 168 pages
Published April 15th 2005 by Wisdom Publications
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Demi
Jul 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Buddhists
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This is a fantastic book for the enthusiastic Mahayana Buddhist. I love how Geshe Tashi Tsering ties in the common Mahayanist concepts into the Four Noble Truths, explaining them all with clarity and straight forward language. I have a lot of curly philosophical questions that are being answered by his book and more importantly, a lot of inspiration towards the practical side of being a Buddhists. I'm looking forward the rest of the books in this six-part series.
Loree
Oct 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those starting with buddhist studies
Recommended to Loree by: Lama Padma Karma
good read for a beginner
Paul
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
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A clear, well-presented, and useful presentation of the first, last, and most central of the Buddha's teachings. One cool thing is that the author, along the way, contrasts the Theravadan and Mahayana viewpoints. This is the text for the first of a 6-part course called the Foundation of Buddhist Thought, presented by the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition. I look forward to reading volume 2: Relative Truth, Ultimate Truth.
Sunny
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Good introduction to Buddhism.
Chinese Bigslick
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A very well written and crystal clear work!
Phu Tran
Dec 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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This is an amazing book, I would say, for those who really want to understand Buddhism as a whole brief system. By composing this book, I think that Geshe Tashi actually drew a whole picture of Buddhism and looking at this picture, we can clearly see how core Buddha's teachings topics related to others.

Starting from the Four Noble Truths Sutra, which is translated from Pali, Geshe showed us, step by step, the meanings of the Buddha's words that are visible in the sutra in words, and then he
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Chris Carlisle
Jul 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is actually pretty deep - as the basics often are. I have read parts of this book online and its talking about critical aspects of mind consciousness which I would not assign to the classification of "novice text." For example, in one section the author describes the "telling differences" between the Mahayana and Theraveda understanding of "craving for transitory aggregates." This is the type of topic that makes the eyes of most Buddhist I know glaze over - and yet it is a very ...more
Jim Withers
Jan 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book loved reading this simple explanation of the four Nobel truths

Very thorough and simple to understand explanation of the four Nobel truths. The book is a page Turner. Will read the remaining books in the series it is that good.
Jerod Hammerstein
Sep 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Book in an online class on the fundamentals of Buddhist thought. Enjoyed the course and the book. This was a Tibetan view of the four noble truths. All of the books feel very academic, but learned much from the book and the classes.
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A gem!
Rusudan Tsiskreli
Mar 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Very good reading for basics of Buddhism and perfect explanation of aspects of the Four Noble Truth. Highly recommending.
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Geshe Tashi Tsering (b.1958) is a resident Buddhist teacher at the Jamyang Buddhist Centre in London (UK).

Other books in the series

Foundation of Buddhist Thought (6 books)
  • Relative Truth, Ultimate Truth (The Foundation of Buddhist Thought, Volume 2)
  • Buddhist Psychology (The Foundation of Buddhist Thought, Volume 3)
  • The Awakening Mind (The Foundation of Buddhist Thought, Volume 4)
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