Tag: four noble truths

A Secular Understanding of Dependent Origination: #1 Ignorance

| May 21, 2012 | 51 Comments
A Secular Understanding of Dependent Origination: #1 Ignorance

This post is the first in a series of twelve on dependent arising (the translation of paticca samuppada that I prefer over dependent origination, or co-dependent arising, or interdependent origination or any of the other variations). I plan to take each link in the classic chain of twelve and explain — in the plainest language […]

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Weekly Practice (Causes & Conditions)

| March 15, 2012 | 1 Comment
Weekly Practice (Causes & Conditions)

Last week we began our exploration of the first noble truth, dukkha, or suffering. We have a good idea of what suffering is and that there is more to it than we may have initially thought. But one of the amazing things about Buddha’s teachings was that he didn’t stop there. Instead, he explored deeply into the processes that cause suffering to arise. This week we are going to dig into the second noble truth, the causes and conditions of suffering.

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Authenticity, Anxiety, and the Revision of the Pali Canon

| February 1, 2012 | 23 Comments
Authenticity, Anxiety, and the Revision of the Pali Canon

In section 56.29 of the Four Noble Truths collection in the Samyutta Nikaya, we read this rather confusing presentation:

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The Four Truths (Stephen Batchelor)

| October 21, 2011 | 0 Comments
The Four Truths (Stephen Batchelor)

This is the fourth of a series of seven talks from the Study Retreat that interweaves reflections on Siddhattha Gotama’s life, with critical interpretations of his teachings as recorded in the Pali Canon. In this fourth (and also in the third) talk we examine the content of his first sermon.

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Four Truths, Four Vows

| August 22, 2011 | 8 Comments
Four Truths, Four Vows

This is another in my series of discussions of ideas Stephen Batchelor has been presenting in dharma talks since late 2010. You can hear them at dharmaseed.org. One of the attractive ideas to come out of Stephen Batchelor’s recent teaching is a mapping of the Four Noble Truths onto the Four Bodhisattva Vows of the […]

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A Mala Prayer

| July 6, 2011 | 4 Comments
A Mala Prayer

*~*~* The first time I am aware that I met another Buddhist, I met several.  There was the man who would become my teacher, Dennis, who was quietly organizing a visit from some Tibetan lamas and the monks accompanying them. There may have been more Buddhists among those of us who had arrived to hear […]

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The Path – Reworded for Modern Practitioners

| July 5, 2011 | 11 Comments
The Path – Reworded for Modern Practitioners

I was never comfortable with the wording in the Eightfold Path. The word Right xx always felt like it implied following of dogma rather than an action packed plan. Because Buddhism relies so heavily on practice and observation, I felt each part of the path was better reworded for me with verbs, and action statements. […]

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