Sunday, November 18, 2012

The Four Noble Truths

The Four Noble Truths
by Geshe Tashi Tsering


The best way to take refuge in the dharma is to put the path into practice. And so we go from taking refuge in the sangha to 'becoming' the sangha.

Nirvana is simply the cessation of suffering, not the annihilation of the person.

...peace arises from chaos, cessation of suffering arises from suffering, and nirvana arises from samsara.

Understanding our minds, we can slowly learn to lessen the effect that unwanted emotions have on them. And through constant effort, we can avoid falling prey to strong emotions that lead to great suffering.

Realizing that 'this' problem is only temporary, like all things, and it will too will pass, gives us more space to find ways to resolve it.

Our basic composition is imperfect, so how can we expect perfect happiness?

Although other people may contribute to our problems, the main cause is internal.

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