Re: Four Noble Truths
I've been reading "In the Buddha's Words - An Anthology of Discourses
from the Pali Canon", edited by Bhikkhu Bodhi. Each chapter contains
an introduction, and Bhikkhu Bodhi provides excellent definitions and
explanations of both the Pali and Sanskrit terms used.
I hope you and others find this information beneficial.
--- In Buddhism_101@yahoogroups.com, ken <gebser@...> wrote:
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> Thanks very much for this, John. Very informative. And I love this
> kind of thing. From other studies I learned that translations are
> nearly always fraught with misunderstandings. So it's great to
> understand the original terms... insofar as this is possible if one
> isn't well acquainted with the language. If anyone knows of a book
> text of any kind which delves into the understanding of the original
> terms a little more-- the original Pali or Sanskrit-- please let me
> Also, on the same theme: a couple months ago I watched a video of a
> Buddhist lecture which was fascinating on several counts, one of
> was that the buddhist (didn't say whether Pali or Sanskrit) term
> translated into "meditation" is the same word used
> The lecturer (a Tibetan Buddhist monk whose name I missed) went on
> explain that "concentration" can be done voluntarily or
> That is, a person can be angry about something all day... and into
> next day and that this is a kind of (involuntary) concentration.
> way the monk explained this was much better than I'm able to relate
> here-- and quite humorous too. The audience (in the video and at
> meeting where the video was shown) was cracking up. It was really
> good in a lot of ways. It opened up an understanding that an
> "attachment" may well be a kind of meditation, albeit not one we
> any control over.
> - --
> The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the
> same level of thinking we were at when we created them.
> -- Albert Einstein
> On 09/09/2008 06:35 PM John Pellecchia wrote:
> > Good evening Jade,
> > The core teaching of Buddhism is expressed in The Four Noble
> > that suffering (the term is "dukkha" which some translate
> > but does not fully explain the term which is more subtle) exists.
> > "Dukkha is a multi-faceted word. Its literal meaning is 'that
> > difficult to bear'. It can mean suffering, stress, pain, anguish,
> > affliction or unsatisfactoriness. Each of the English words is
> > too strong or too weak in their meaning to be a universally
> > translation. Dukkha can be gross or very subtle. From extreme
> > and mental pain and torment to subtle inner conflicts and
> > malaise." (from http://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/8foldpath.htm
> > <http://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/8foldpath.htm> )
> > As it was explained to me, dukkha really implies "out of
> > a bicycle wheel with the spokes not properly adjusted. When the
> > are not properly adjusted, some too tight or too loose, a bicycle
> > is said to be "out of true" (out of round) and it wobbles. This
> > this being "out of balance", exists in life; that the cause of
> > attachment (sometimes referred to as "ignorance" or "desire");
> > is possible to end dukkhaâ"that the end to dukkha is attained by
> > self-improvement by following The Eightfold Path (Right View,
> > Intention, Right Speech, Right Action, Right Livelihood, Right
> > Right Mindfulness, and Right Concentration).
> > If you follow my analogy of the spokes on a bicycle wheel, the
> > Dharmachakra is an eight-spoked wheel and is a widely recognized
> > of a Buddhist. Each of the Dharmachakra spokes represents one
> > the Eightfold Path. If any of these "spokes" are not adjusted
> > the wheel is "out of true" and it (the mind) will wobble.
> > May all be at peace.
> > John
> > Whatever joy there is in this world
> > All comes from desiring others to be happy,
> > And whatever suffering there is in this world
> > All comes from desiring myself to be happy.
> > ~SHANTIDEVA
> > ----- Original Message ----
> > SJ Garette <collies85@... <mailto:collies85%40yahoo.com>> Subject:
> > Four Noble Truths
> > Earlier one person on the list said to follow the Four Noble
> > stay on a basic path of Buddhist teachings. Does anyone one know
> > the Four Noble Truths are?
> > Thanks,
> > Jade
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