The Truth of Suffering and the Path of Liberation

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This in-depth exploration of the Four Noble Truths-the foundational Buddhist teaching about the origin of suffering and its cessation-reveals the subtlety and sophistication that lie beneath these deceptively simple teachings. Chögyam Trungpa shows us how we can join view (intellectual understanding) of the teachings with practical application to interrupt suffering before it arises.

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Overview

This in-depth exploration of the Four Noble Truths-the foundational Buddhist teaching about the origin of suffering and its cessation-reveals the subtlety and sophistication that lie beneath these deceptively simple teachings. Chögyam Trungpa shows us how we can join view (intellectual understanding) of the teachings with practical application to interrupt suffering before it arises.

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“Highly recommended. The Truth of Suffering is based on one of the most fundamental teachings of the Buddhist tradition, the Four Noble Truths. In the Tibetan context, they are occasionally presented in a somewhat dry, scholarly fashion. The presentation here is anything but. This is one of the best Dharma books I have read for some time.”—The Middle Way: Journal of The Buddhist Society (UK)

“This wonderful book presents the Four Noble Truths of Buddhism in a way that is completely fresh and original while at the same time never losing contact with the traditional sources.”—Pema Chödrön

“An invaluable resource for anyone seeking the truth. With disarming honesty and humor, Trungpa Rinpoche guides us through the Buddha’s teachings, bringing us face to face with our many misconceptions and our true potential.”—Sharon Salzberg

“Trungpa Rinpoche’s mastery of the dharma reveals within this apparently simple teaching a ceaseless profundity of inestimable value for both beginners and advanced practitioners.”—John Daido Loori

“In this book we can hear Rinpoche’s uncontrived, genuine voice illuminating the fundamental teachings of Buddhism on the cycle of suffering and freedom from suffering—profoundly inspiring all of us.”—Tulku Thondup Rinpoche

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590307700
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/8/2010
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 786,772
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Chögyam Trungpa (1940–1987)—meditation master, teacher, and artist—founded Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, the first Buddhist-inspired university in North America; the Shambhala Training program; and an international association of meditation centers known as Shambhala International. He is the author of numerous books including Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior, Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism, and The Myth of Freedom.
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Table of Contents

Editor's Preface vii

Editor's Acknowledgments xiii

The First Turning of the Wheel of Dharma xv

Introduction 1

The First Noble Truth

The Truth of Suffering

1 Recognizing the Reality of Suffering 7

2 Dissecting the Experience of Suffering 13

The Second Noble Truth

The Truth of the Origin of Suffering

3 The Power of Flickering Thoughts 33

4 The Development of Set Patterns 39

5 Perpetually Re-creating Suffering 45

The Third Noble Truth

The Truth of Cessation

6 Awakening and Blossoming 63

7 Meditation as the Path to Buddhahood 69

8 Transcending Samsara and Nirvana 75

The Fourth Noble Truth

The Truth of the Path

9 The Doubtless Path 91

10 The Five Paths 97

The Practice of Meditation 117

Outline of Teachings 119

Notes 127

Glossary 131

Text Sources 141

Resources 143

Index 145

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