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The Truth of Suffering and the Path of Liberation

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Chögyam Trungpa’s in-depth exploration of the Four Noble Truths—the foundational Buddhist teaching about the origin of suffering and its cessation—emphasizes their profound relevance not just as an inspiration when we set out on the path, but at every other moment of our lives as well, showing how we can join view (intellectual understanding) of the teaching with practical

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Published September 28th 2010 by Shambhala Publications, Inc. (first published April 14th 2009)
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Alper Çuğun
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading one book like this beats countless hours of headspace. This is a very concise and readable introduction into Buddhist practice.
Sep 13, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good book. An excellent overview of the Four Noble Truths and beyond. My only criticism is that certain parts are less readable, but I think this is because the book is covering a broad spectrum and doesn't have as much time to delve in depth with some of the concepts it touches on. All in all a good book and a useful reference resource.
Jan 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Four Noble Truths. Helpful to read over a stretch of time rather than in bits and pieces. CTR cuts to the chase and at the same time elegantly expresses his understanding of the dharma. Great stuff.
Dec 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pithy, as one expects from CTR. Also, the only Hinayana based text I've read. Really good review of foundational teachings.
Hollis Fishelson-holstine
Dec 09, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: spiritual
This book quickly became more 'advanced' than I'm ready for - something it would be good to read again
Sep 25, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a good overview of the Four Noble Truths of Buddhism and how to apply the teachings and wisdom of Buddhism to everyday life.
This book explained a series of lists.
Jul 18, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Illuminates the four noble truths in a way that's original and profound but not oversimplified.
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