Buddhist Beliefs: The Four Noble Truths




The Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path are fundamental teachings in Buddhism. They are considered equally important among all the Buddhist schools and are central to the core of Buddhist beliefs. Sometimes Buddhists are criticized for always talking about suffering (because of the First Noble Truth); yet the majority of Buddhist teachers I’ve come across, if not all, are the most peaceful and joyous people I’ve ever met. So surely, there is more to Buddhism than just suffering.

In this video I explain how the Buddha taught the 4 Noble Truths to show us how we can move from a state of unrest to attaining an everlasting peace and happiness, known as nirvana or nibbana. But first, like any good physician, before prescribing the medicine, the Buddha had to diagnose our problems and show us why we feel less than one hundred percent happy most of the time, and what we can do to fix this.
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Suggested Reading:
An excellent article by Ajahn Brahm: Joy at last to know there is no happiness in the world
http://www.dhammatalks.net/Books/Ajahn_Brahm_Joy_At_Last_To_Know_There_Is_No_Happiness_In_The_World.htm

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Sutta used in this video:

“Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta: Setting Rolling the Wheel of Truth” (SN 56.11), translated from the Pali by Ñanamoli Thera. Access to Insight, 14 June 2010, http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/sn/sn56/sn56.011.nymo.html . Retrieved on 21 September 2013.

10 comments

  1. The 4 Aryan Truths were mostly presented to disciples who had temporarily overcome the 5 hindrances by the Buddha. For most of us they remains a difficult set of ideas except that the 8 fold path contains a lot of sensible and moral teachings too. In other words, this is not a teaching suitable for beginners though they can be appreciated as a big picture.

  2. Lets be honest..we ve all been set up to fail. ( according to world religions ) We are so thoroughly flawed and dangerous to ourselves there is little or no hope of salvation or release from suffering. Even death itself only results in yet another rebirth on the wheel of life.. now that IS a bitter pill to swallow. I like Buddhism. Its my favourite religion and it is full of honesty and reason and wisdom and of all the paths to choose I would rather be on the one that looks at the world and our existence and deals with all as it really is, warts n all. The suffering of mankind truly is such a sad and painful thing and that understanding should be the birth of love and compassion for others

  3. FOR THOSE WHO ARE STRANGERS TO BUDDHISM ;
    IN A NUTSHELL BUDDHISM CAN BE SUMMARISED AS FOLLOWS ;
    * the three main basic principles or basic foundations of Buddha Dharma.
    1 DEPENDANT ORIGINATION ( cause and effect —– which includes KARMA ect )
    2 THE THREE CHARACTERISTICS OF EXISTENCE. ( anicca, dhukka and anatta )

    3 FOUR NOBEL TRUTHS . ( which includes Nobel eight fold path )
    Please be clear about the above teachings.
    * THEN PRACTICE THE FOLLOWING: ( very important and essential )
    1 DO GOOD THINGS.
    2 AVOID DOING BAD THINGS.

    3 PURIFY THE MIND. ( this is the hardest and most difficult part in Buddhism which involves a lot of practice like meditation etc. ).
    If item 3 is difficult , practice items 1 and 2 at least.
    To achieve this you need Mindfulness, Effort and common sense.( right and balanced view ).
    These are common to all forms of Buddhism but rituals and practices may differ. ( rituals are NOT at all important in BUDDHISM )

    When you have a sound , clear knowledge about the above topics , you can practice ANY form of Buddhism or follow ANY religion, yet you will be on the correct BUDDHIST path to achieve peace of mind.
    As lord buddha preached , please DO NOT accept any of these blindly .( please use your common sense and analyze before accepting ). LORD BUDHDHA only preached common sense and the true reality of existence.
    P S:
    NIRVANA IS ONLY A STATE OF MIND. AND NOT ANY OTHER PHYSICAL WORLD OR REALM OF EXISTENCE. .( it is a state of mind you achieve here and now and NOT something you achieve after death )
    THANK YOU

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