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The Four Noble Truths

The Four Noble Truths [Kindle Edition]

His Holiness the Dalai Lama
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This book contains the essential guide to some of the central Buddhist teachings based on the recent UK lectures by his holiness.

This volume includes:-

‘The Four Noble truths’, one of the most central tenets of Tibetan Buddhism.

The need to balance spiritual and material values.

‘Compassion, the Basis for Human Happiness’

From the Back Cover

In July 1996, for the first time in the West, his Holiness the Dalai Lama gave two exclusive days of teaching in London on 'The Four Noble Truths' – the heart of the Buddhist’s teachings.

'The Four Noble Truths' – the truth of suffering, the truth of the origin of suffering, the truth of the cessation of suffering and the truth of the path leading to this cessation – was the first sermon the Buddha gave after he was enlightened. As well as elucidating these teachings, His Holiness the Dalai Lama also explains the relative and absolute compassion.

”Whenever I have been given the opportunity to introduce Buddhism I always make it a point to explain Buddhism in terms of two principles. One is the development of a philosophical viewpoint based on the understanding of the interdependent nature of reality. And the second principle is that of non-violence which is the actual action of a Buddhist practitioner and which derives from that view of the interdependent nature of reality.”

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 148 KB
  • Print Length: 166 pages
  • Publisher: Thorsons (29 Aug 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #134,679 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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His Holiness the Dalai Lama is the spiritual and political leader of Tibet. Today, he lives in exile in Northern India and works tirelessly on behalf of the Tibetan people, as well as travelling the world to give spiritual teachings to sell-out audiences. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
This is an insightful discussion on the four noble truths. It is presented in a clear way with an additional chapter on compassion. It is published in a handy smaller format which is easy to carry around if so wished. This is a great place to turn to for a deeper understanding of this core Buddhist teaching and would compliment any school of Buddhist thought.

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5.0 out of 5 stars the four noble truths 30 April 2013
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l was very happy with my book it came well packaged and a great read thank you so much l will more than likely buye more of the same
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction to buddhist thinking 30 Dec 1999
By Dr. Ravi Gampala - Published on
Among all the books written by H.H The Dalai Lama, this book is the most concise and conveys the four noble truths in a simple and easy to follow manner. It is a very good introduction for any one who is in search of peace of mind.
23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best overview of Buddhist thought per page. 20 July 1999
By A Customer - Published on
The most concrete, coherent, and complete "overview" of Buddhist thought as it applies in contemporary life in both the Eastern and Western worldviews. The wonderfully warm personality of His Holiness radiates throughout.
40 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An unforgettable few hours! 28 Aug 2000
By LuelCanyon - Published on
Besides offering a thorough exposition of Mahayana belief, and indeed practice, with an anything but common traversal of the Four Noble Truths by a master, in these four videos one is invited to spend a few intimate hours in the presence of the Dalai Lama, always an ennobling experience. The camera work in this film is especially fine, making of the camera one's own eyes, as it were, and lifting the hours even lighter than they already seem. With respect to another of the reviews on this page, I found the necessary translation from the stage handled superbly, and clearly with a great deal of thought and natural reverence. In Thubten Jimpa, the Dalai Lama employs a beautifully adept translator, an interpreter not only brilliantly attuned to the words and thoughts of the Dalai Lama, but one so obviously loved by him, and who responds with a special kind of faithfulness, that a marvelous duet is often played out, only enhancing thereby this great teacher's magisterial presentation. I would add that one feels as well the 'Englishness' of the audience, so eager to quietly offer their accepting energy, so ready to listen, far more so than might be a gathering of Americans usually so conscious of themselves in the moment. The humor that ripples often between the Dalai Lama and his listeners throughout the evening is so generous and unaffected, one is returned again and again to the meaning behind the words, the experience behind the event. This is a film of the highest achievment, fortunately within the reach of us all. An unforgettable few hours!
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring, comprehensive, easy to understand 3 Aug 2001
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In this small book His Holiness the Dalai Lama presents a completely comprehensive, easy to understand explanation and discussion on The Four Noble Truths, which are the foundation of the Buddhist teaching. Yet the book transcends religious beliefs and is actually a book on living happily and peacefully no matter what one's beliefs are. This book, therefore, is for anyone and everyone who is interested in living a more peaceful life. His Holiness explains the most complex issues of human existence in a form that is so simple anyone can understand. He readily gives examples and compassionately faces all alternative arguments to the issues. Everything makes sense. He includes a complete glossary and recommendations for further reading. The last chapter focuses on compassion, complementing the teaching on The Four Noble Truths, and beautifully illustrates how the teachings can be applied to daily life. One completes the reading with no unanswered questions and a profound feeling of peace. It is an inspiring, uplifting, informative little book that will be read over and over again.
PS: Great for gift giving too.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Words From A Master 4 Mar 2004
By Swing King - Published on
These videos are a documentary of teachings on The Four Noble Truths presented by H.H. the Dalai Lama at Barbicon Hall in London, with a translator on hand to help act as a go-between in the exchange. The Dalai Lama, as just about all Buddhist masters would agree, feels that The Four Noble Truths are the core of all of Buddhism. They are:
1. We suffer, not only active anguish but wide-ranging dissatisfaction and unease.
2. The origin of this suffer is our clinging, desire and attachments.
3. There is an End to suffering.
4. That pathway out of suffering is the Eightfold Path.
Robert Thurman, America's foremost scholar on Tibetan Buddhism at Columbia University, introduces the Four Noble Truths here. The Dalai Lama strikes a chord within all of us on this film with his succinct marking out of the Buddhist path of freedom, self-control, and compassion. I offer you a short review because of course the Dalai Lama will explain it all for you! Enjoy.
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