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The Four Noble Truths The Noble Eightfold Path. The Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta. The first discourse of the Buddha, to the Five Ascetics at the Isipatana Deer Park at Sarnath.

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the dhammacakkappavattana sutta

The Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta

The first discourse of the Buddha, to the Five Ascetics at the Isipatana Deer Park at Sarnath.

Dhamma – the Teachings of the Buddha, or the truths leading the way out of dukkha. Cakka – wheel. Pavattana – setting in motion.

“Setting the Wheel of the Dhamma in Motion” discourse.

the dhammacakkappavattana sutta3

The Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta

The first discourse of the Buddha, to the Five Ascetics at the Isipatana Deer Park at Sarnath.

Dhamma – the Teachings of the Buddha, or the truths leading the way out of dukkha. Cakka – wheel. Pavattana – setting in motion.

“Setting the Wheel of the Dhamma in Motion” discourse.

the dhammacakkappavattana sutta4

The Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta

The first discourse of the Buddha, to the Five Ascetics at the Isipatana Deer Park at Sarnath.

Dhamma – the Teachings of the Buddha, or the truths leading the way out of dukkha. Cakka – wheel. Pavattana – setting in motion.

“Setting the Wheel of the Dhamma in Motion” discourse.

the dhammacakkappavattana sutta5

The Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta

The first discourse of the Buddha, to the Five Ascetics at the Isipatana Deer Park at Sarnath.

Dhamma – the Teachings of the Buddha, or the truths leading the way out of dukkha. Cakka – wheel. Pavattana – setting in motion.

“Setting the Wheel of the Dhamma in Motion” discourse.

the dhammacakkappavattana sutta6

The Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta

The first discourse of the Buddha, to the Five Ascetics at the Isipatana Deer Park at Sarnath.

Dhamma – the Teachings of the Buddha, or the truths leading the way out of dukkha. Cakka – wheel. Pavattana – setting in motion.

“Setting the Wheel of the Dhamma in Motion” discourse.

the dhammacakkappavattana sutta7

The Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta

The first discourse of the Buddha, to the Five Ascetics at the Isipatana Deer Park at Sarnath.

Dhamma – the Teachings of the Buddha, or the truths leading the way out of dukkha. Cakka – wheel. Pavattana – setting in motion.

“Setting the Wheel of the Dhamma in Motion” discourse.

the swastika symbol

The Swastika Symbol

The swastika is an equilateral cross with arms bent at right angles, all in the same direction, towards either the right or left.

The swastika is a symbol of prosperity and good fortune and was widely found in ancient civilizations throughout the world in Asia, Europe and also South America.

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The Swastika Symbol

The swastika is an equilateral cross with arms bent at right angles, all in the same direction, towards either the right or left.

The swastika is a symbol of prosperity and good fortune and was widely found in ancient civilizations throughout the world in Asia, Europe and also South America.

the swastika symbol17

The Swastika Symbol

It represented the sun, fire, or life in many ancient cultures although different religions used it to signify different meanings.

In Buddhism, it denotes the Dhamma, universal harmony, the balance of opposites and spiritual attainment.

The Nazis used it to denote the racial purity of the Aryan ‘master’ race which they thought themselves to be.

the swastika symbol18

The Swastika Symbol

It represented the sun, fire, or life in many ancient cultures although different religions used it to signify different meanings.

In Buddhism, it denotes the Dhamma, universal harmony, the balance of opposites and spiritual attainment.

The Nazis used it to denote the racial purity of the Aryan ‘master’ race which they thought themselves to be.

the swastika symbol19

The Swastika Symbol

It represented the sun, fire, or life in many ancient cultures although different religions used it to signify different meanings.

In Buddhism, it denotes the Dhamma, universal harmony, the balance of opposites and spiritual attainment.

The Nazis used it to denote the racial purity of the Aryan ‘master’ race which they thought themselves to be.

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The Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta

The Buddha advised us to avoid the two extremes of Self-Mortification and Self-Indulgence. This is because these two extremes are base, ignoble and unprofitable.

Instead, He advised us to follow the Middle Path between these two extremes, which lead to knowledge, vision, peace and Self-Awakening.

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The Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta

The Buddha advised us to avoid the two extremes of Self-Mortification and Self-Indulgence. This is because these two extremes are base, ignoble and unprofitable.

Instead, He advised us to follow the Middle Path between these two extremes, which lead to knowledge, vision, peace and Self-Awakening.

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The Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta

Buddhism is thus also known as the “Middle Way”.

The Buddha stated the Middle Way as the Noble Eightfold Path.

He then identified the Four Noble Truths which is to be realized upon following the Noble Eightfold Path.

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The Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta

Buddhism is thus also known as the “Middle Way”.

The Buddha stated the Middle Way as the Noble Eightfold Path.

He then identified the Four Noble Truths which is to be realized upon following the Noble Eightfold Path.

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The Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta

Buddhism is thus also known as the “Middle Way”.

The Buddha stated the Middle Way as the Noble Eightfold Path.

He then identified the Four Noble Truths which is to be realized upon following the Noble Eightfold Path.

the four noble truths

The Four Noble Truths

All beings are subject to Dukkha.  

Dukkha arises from desire and craving.  

Dukkha can be overcome by the elimination of desire and craving.  

There is a way out of dukkha,  which is the Noble Eightfold Path.

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The Four Noble Truths

All beings are subject to Dukkha.  

Dukkha arises from desire and craving.  

Dukkha can be overcome by the elimination of desire and craving.  

There is a way out of dukkha,  which is the Noble Eightfold Path.

the four noble truths27

The Four Noble Truths

All beings are subject to Dukkha.  

Dukkha arises from desire and craving.  

Dukkha can be overcome by the elimination of desire and craving.  

There is a way out of dukkha,  which is the Noble Eightfold Path.

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The Four Noble Truths

All beings are subject to Dukkha.  

Dukkha arises from desire and craving.  

Dukkha can be overcome by the elimination of desire and craving.  

There is a way out of dukkha,  which is the Noble Eightfold Path.

the four noble truths29

The Four Noble Truths

All beings are subject to Dukkha.  

Dukkha arises from desire and craving.  

Dukkha can be overcome by the elimination of desire and craving.  

There is a way out of dukkha,  which is the Noble Eightfold Path.

the four noble truths30

The Four Noble Truths

All beings are subject to Dukkha.  

Dukkha is usually translated as suffering but it actually encompasses a wide range of negative feelings including stress, dissatisfaction and physical suffering. 

Dukkha exists as all beings are subject to illness, separation from loved ones, not getting their desires, aging and death.    

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The Four Noble Truths

All beings are subject to Dukkha.  

Dukkha is usually translated as suffering but it actually encompasses a wide range of negative feelings including stress, dissatisfaction and physical suffering. 

Dukkha exists as all beings are subject to illness, separation from loved ones, not getting their desires, aging and death.    

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The Four Noble Truths

All beings are subject to Dukkha.  

Dukkha is usually translated as suffering but it actually encompasses a wide range of negative feelings including stress, dissatisfaction and physical suffering. 

Dukkha exists as all beings are subject to illness, separation from loved ones, not getting their desires, aging and death.    

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The Four Noble Truths

Dukkha arises from desire and craving.  

All beings crave pleasant sensations, and also desire to avoid unpleasant sensations. 

These sensations can be physical or psychological, and dukkha arises when these desires and cravings are not met.

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The Four Noble Truths

Dukkha arises from desire and craving.  

All beings crave pleasant sensations, and also desire to avoid unpleasant sensations. 

These sensations can be physical or psychological, and dukkha arises when these desires and cravings are not met.

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The Four Noble Truths

Dukkha arises from desire and craving.  

All beings crave pleasant sensations, and also desire to avoid unpleasant sensations. 

These sensations can be physical or psychological, and dukkha arises when these desires and cravings are not met.

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The Four Noble Truths

Dukkha can be overcome by the elimination of desire and craving.  

Nibbana is the state of peace where all greed, hatred and delusion, and thereby dukkha, have been eradicated.  

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The Four Noble Truths

Dukkha can be overcome by the elimination of desire and craving.  

Nibbana is the state of peace where all greed, hatred and delusion, and thereby dukkha, have been eradicated.  

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The Four Noble Truths

There is a way out of dukkha, which is the Noble Eightfold Path.

Dukkha can be reduced, weakened and finally eradicated and Nibbana thereby attained, by following this path as taught by the Buddha.

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The Four Noble Truths

There is a way out of dukkha, which is the Noble Eightfold Path.

Dukkha can be reduced, weakened and finally eradicated and Nibbana thereby attained, by following this path as taught by the Buddha.

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The Four Noble Truths

Buddhism is occasionally criticized as being overly pessimistic as it seems to focus on suffering rather than on happiness and joy. 

However, all conditions of happiness and joy are impermanent because all beings are subject to sickness, old age and death, and as a result, all beings are undeniably subject to dukkha. 

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The Four Noble Truths

Buddhism is occasionally criticized as being overly pessimistic as it seems to focus on suffering rather than on happiness and joy. 

However, all conditions of happiness and joy are impermanent because all beings are subject to sickness, old age and death, and as a result, all beings are undeniably subject to dukkha. 

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The Four Noble Truths

Instead, Buddhism is actually realistic as the Buddha has taught us how to overcome or reduce dukkha, and how to achieve the permanent bliss of Nibbana. 

By following the Noble Eightfold Path taught by the Buddha, Nibbana can be experienced even in this present lifetime.

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The Four Noble Truths

Instead, Buddhism is actually realistic as the Buddha has taught us how to overcome or reduce dukkha, and how to achieve the permanent bliss of Nibbana. 

By following the Noble Eightfold Path taught by the Buddha, Nibbana can be experienced even in this present lifetime.

nibbana

Nibbana

Without already practicing Buddhism and being on the path laid down by the Buddha, Nibbana can be a difficult concept to grasp or understand. 

It is like trying to explain colours to the blind, or sound to the deaf.  Conventional language cannot adequately describe Nibbana.  It has to be experienced to be understood.  

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Nibbana

Without already practicing Buddhism and being on the path laid down by the Buddha, Nibbana can be a difficult concept to grasp or understand. 

It is like trying to explain colours to the blind, or sound to the deaf.  Conventional language cannot adequately describe Nibbana.  It has to be experienced to be understood.   

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Nibbana

However, in short, Nibbana is the total absence of all craving and suffering.

It is achieved by one who has eradicated all aspects of greed, hatred and delusion. 

It is a state of permanent bliss and happiness from which there is no more rebirth.  

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Nibbana

However, in short, Nibbana is the total absence of all craving and suffering.

It is achieved by one who has eradicated all aspects of greed, hatred and delusion. 

It is a state of permanent bliss and happiness from which there is no more rebirth.  

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Nibbana

However, in short, Nibbana is the total absence of all craving and suffering.

It is achieved by one who has eradicated all aspects of greed, hatred and delusion. 

It is a state of permanent bliss and happiness from which there is no more rebirth.  

the noble eightfold path

The Noble Eightfold Path

Right Speech

Right Action

Right Livelihood

Right Effort

Right Mindfulness

Right Concentration

Right Understanding

Right Thought

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The Noble Eightfold Path

Right Speech

Right Action

Right Livelihood

Right Effort

Right Mindfulness

Right Concentration

Right Understanding

Right Thought

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The Noble Eightfold Path

Right Speech

Right Action

Right Livelihood

Right Effort

Right Mindfulness

Right Concentration

Right Understanding

Right Thought

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The Noble Eightfold Path

Right Speech

Right Action

Right Livelihood

Right Effort

Right Mindfulness

Right Concentration

Right Understanding

Right Thought

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The Noble Eightfold Path

Right Speech

Right Action

Right Livelihood

Right Effort

Right Mindfulness

Right Concentration

Right Understanding

Right Thought

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The Noble Eightfold Path

Right Speech

Right Action

Right Livelihood

Right Effort

Right Mindfulness

Right Concentration

Right Understanding

Right Thought

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The Noble Eightfold Path

Right Speech

Right Action

Right Livelihood

Right Effort

Right Mindfulness

Right Concentration

Right Understanding

Right Thought

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The Noble Eightfold Path

Right Speech

Right Action

Right Livelihood

Right Effort

Right Mindfulness

Right Concentration

Right Understanding

Right Thought

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The Noble Eightfold Path

Right Speech

Right Action

Right Livelihood

Right Effort

Right Mindfulness

Right Concentration

Right Understanding

Right Thought

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The Noble Eightfold Path

Right Speech - To refrain from lying, slander, harsh words and gossip.  To cultivate truthful, peaceful, kind and meaningful speech.

Right Action - To abstain from killing, stealing and sexual misconduct.  To cultivate harmlessness, honesty and faithfulness.

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The Noble Eightfold Path

Right Speech - To refrain from lying, slander, harsh words and gossip.  To cultivate truthful, peaceful, kind and meaningful speech.

Right Action - To abstain from killing, stealing and sexual misconduct.  To cultivate harmlessness, honesty and faithfulness.

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The Noble Eightfold Path

Right Speech - To refrain from lying, slander, harsh words and gossip.  To cultivate truthful, peaceful, kind and meaningful speech.

Right Action - To abstain from killing, stealing and sexual misconduct.  To cultivate harmlessness, honesty and faithfulness.

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The Noble Eightfold Path

Right Speech - To refrain from lying, slander, harsh words and gossip.  To cultivate truthful, peaceful, kind and meaningful speech.

Right Action - To abstain from killing, stealing and sexual misconduct.  To cultivate harmlessness, honesty and faithfulness.

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The Noble Eightfold Path

Right Livelihood - To avoid occupations involving killing (of both humans and animals), the sale of animal flesh, the trading of humans, weapons, poisons and intoxicants.  Occupations which are unethical, immoral and illegal should also be avoided.

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The Noble Eightfold Path

Right Livelihood - To avoid occupations involving killing (of both humans and animals), the sale of animal flesh, the trading of humans, weapons, poisons and intoxicants.  Occupations which are unethical, immoral and illegal should also be avoided.

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The Noble Eightfold Path

Right Effort - To apply mental discipline to prevent unwholesome thoughts from arising, and to dispel unwholesome thoughts that have arisen.  To develop wholesome thoughts, and to maintain those wholesome thoughts that have arisen.

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The Noble Eightfold Path

Right Effort - To apply mental discipline to prevent unwholesome thoughts from arising, and to dispel unwholesome thoughts that have arisen.  To develop wholesome thoughts, and to maintain those wholesome thoughts that have arisen.

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The Noble Eightfold Path

Right Mindfulness - To be aware of the body, and bodily postures and sensations.  To be aware of the mind and its thoughts, emotions and feelings. To be aware of the Dhamma.

Right Concentration - To practice meditation to train the mind to be focused and disciplined in order to cultivate and acquire wisdom. 

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The Noble Eightfold Path

Right Mindfulness - To be aware of the body, and bodily postures and sensations.  To be aware of the mind and its thoughts, emotions and feelings. To be aware of the Dhamma.

Right Concentration - To practice meditation to train the mind to be focused and disciplined in order to cultivate and acquire wisdom. 

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The Noble Eightfold Path

Right Mindfulness - To be aware of the body, and bodily postures and sensations.  To be aware of the mind and its thoughts, emotions and feelings. To be aware of the Dhamma.

Right Concentration - To practice meditation to train the mind to be focused and disciplined in order to cultivate and acquire wisdom. 

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The Noble Eightfold Path

Right Mindfulness - To be aware of the body, and bodily postures and sensations.  To be aware of the mind and its thoughts, emotions and feelings. To be aware of the Dhamma.

Right Concentration - To practice meditation to train the mind to be focused and disciplined in order to cultivate and acquire wisdom. 

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The Noble Eightfold Path

Right Understanding -To understand and accept the Four Noble Truths.

Right Thought -To cultivate thoughts of generosity, loving-kindness and compassion.

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The Noble Eightfold Path

Right Understanding -To understand and accept the Four Noble Truths.

Right Thought -To cultivate thoughts of generosity, loving-kindness and compassion.

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