Tag: four noble truths

On the Path

| May 12, 2015 | 8 Comments
On the Path

The Fourth and last Noble Truth is the most complex and important. In the suttas the Buddha gives many different understandings of the Path to nibbāna, but of those the one most associated with the Fourth Noble Truth is the Eightfold Path. This is the path of right view, right intention, right speech, right action, […]

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On Cessation

| May 5, 2015 | 0 Comments
On Cessation

The Third Noble Truth is the truth of the cessation of craving; that there is a method by which craving can come to an end within a human lifetime. As such it is a rather spare truth: the content of that method awaits the Fourth Noble Truth for its elaboration. What is the cessation of […]

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On Craving

| April 23, 2015 | 5 Comments
On Craving

Last time we looked at the Noble Truth of suffering, of dukkha. As we saw, it is not easy to understand precisely what “suffering” amounts to in the Buddha’s dhamma, and part of what we need to do to understand it is to see how it is produced, how it relates to the Second Noble Truth […]

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Early Roots of the Four Noble Truths?

| February 9, 2015 | 5 Comments
Early Roots of the Four Noble Truths?

The triad of gratification, danger, and escape is one of the Buddha’s most incisive contemplations for investigating everyday experience. In his book on the Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta, Anālayo says that “each of these insights can be considered a particular aspect of [the Buddha’s] comprehensive realization” of the dhamma. (p. 106n57). The Buddha applies the formula quite literally […]

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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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