In Celebration of the Four Noble Truths

Forty-nine days after Buddha attained liberation he taught the first sermon which include the Four Noble Truths.

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“There are these two extremes that are not to be indulged in by one who has gone forth. Which two? That which is devoted to sensual pleasure with reference to sensual objects: base, vulgar, common, ignoble, unprofitable; and that which is devoted to self-affliction: painful, ignoble, unprofitable. Avoiding both of these extremes, the middle way realized by the Tathagata — producing vision, producing knowledge — leads to calm, to direct knowledge, to self-awakening, to Unbinding.

“And what is the middle way realized by the Tathagata that — producing vision, producing knowledge — leads to calm, to direct knowledge, to self-awakening, to Unbinding? Precisely this Noble Eightfold Path: right view, right resolve, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, right concentration. This is the middle way realized by the Tathagata that — producing vision, producing knowledge — leads to calm, to direct knowledge, to self-awakening, to Unbinding. [Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta ~ Access to Insight]

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  1. This was the deal breaker for me. It was the 4 noble truths that called to me, spoke to me on an etheral level. So simple, so profound. This is what made me decide to take up the Buddhist path.

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