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Buddha - The Word

Buddha - The Word

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Table of Contents
THE FOUR NOBLE TRUTHS.......................................................3FIRST TRUTH................................................................................4THE NOBLE TRUTH OF SUFFERING....................................4THE FIVE GROUPS OF EXISTENCE......................................5THE "CORPOREALITY GROUP" OF FOUR ELEMENTS......6DEPENDENT ORIGINATION OF CONSCIOUSNESS............8THE THREE CHARACTERISTICS OF EXISTENCE..............9THE THREE WARNINGS.......................................................10SAMSARA, THE WHEEL OF EXISTENCE...........................10SECOND TRUTH.........................................................................12THE NOBLE TRUTH OF THE ORIGIN OF SUFFERING.....12THE THREEFOLD CRAVING................................................12HEAPING UP OF PRESENT SUFFERING.............................13HEAPING UP OF FUTURE SUFFERING...............................14INHERITANCE OF DEEDS (KARMA).................................14THIRD TRUTH............................................................................16THE NOBLE TRUTH OF THE EXTINCTION OFSUFFERING............................................................................16DEPENDENT EXTINCTION OF ALL PHENOMENA...........16NIRVANA................................................................................17THE ARAHAT, OR HOLY ONE.............................................17THE IMMUTABLE..................................................................18FOURTH TRUTH.........................................................................19THE NOBLE TRUTH OF THE PATH THAT LEADS TO THEEXTINCTION OF SUFFERING..............................................19THE EIGHTFOLD PATH........................................................19THE EIGHTFOLD PATH.............................................................21FIRST STEP - RIGHT UNDERSTANDING............................21UNPROFITABLE QUESTIONS..............................................22THE SOTAPAN, OR "STREAM-ENTERER".........................24THE TWO UNDERSTANDINGS............................................24COMPLETE DELIVERANCE.................................................25PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE...........................................27
 
DEPENDENT ORIGINATION................................................28KARMA: REBIRTH - PRODUCING AND BARREN............29SECOND STEP - RIGHT MINDEDNESS...............................30THIRD STEP - RIGHT SPEECH.............................................31FOURTH STEP - RIGHT ACTION.........................................32FIFTH STEP - RIGHT LIVING...............................................33SIXTH STEP - RIGHT EFFORT.............................................34FIVE METHODS OF EXPELLING EVIL THOUGHTS.........35SEVENTH STEP - RIGHT ATTENTIVENESS.......................36CONTEMPLATION OF THE BODY......................................37THE TEN BLESSINGS............................................................39CONTEMPLATION OF THE FEELINGS...............................40CONTEMPLATION OF THE MIND.......................................41CONTEMPLATION OF PHENOMENA (Mind-objects)........41NIRVANA THROUGH WATCHING OVER BREATHING...43EIGHTH STEP - RIGHT CONCENTRATION........................46THE FOUR TRANCES............................................................47DEVELOPMENT OF THE EIGHTFOLD PATH IN THEDISCIPLE................................................................................48CONFIDENCE AND RIGHT-MINDEDNESS (2nd Step)......48MORALITY (3rd, 4th, 5th Step)..............................................48CONTROL OF THE SENSES (6th Step)................................49ATTENTIVENESS AND CLEAR CONSCIOUSNESS (7thStep).........................................................................................50ABSENCE OF THE FIVE HINDRANCES..............................50THE TRANCES (8th Step)......................................................51INSIGHT (1st Step).................................................................51NIRVANA................................................................................51THE SILENT THINKER..........................................................52THE TRUE GOAL...................................................................52
 
THE FOUR NOBLE TRUTHS
500 BCBUDDHA, THE WORD(The Eightfold Path)THUS has it been said by the Buddha, the Enlightened One: It is throughnot understanding, not realizing four things, that I, Disciples, as well asyou, had to wander so long through this round of rebirths. And what arethese four things? They are the Noble Truth of Suffering, the Noble Truthof the Origin of Suffering, the Noble Truth of the Extinction of Suffering,the Noble Truth of the Path that leads to the Extinction of Suffering.As long as the absolutely true knowledge and insight as regards theseFour Noble Truths was not quite clear in me, so long was I not sure,whether I had won that supreme Enlightenment which is unsurpassed inall the world with its heavenly beings, evil spirits and gods, amongst allthe hosts of ascetics and priests, heavenly beings and men. But as soon asthe absolutely true knowledge and insight as regards these Four NobleTruths had become perfectly clear in me, there arose in me the assurancethat I had won that supreme Enlightenment unsurpassed.And I discovered that-profound truth, so difficult to perceive, difficult tounderstand, tranquilizing and sublime, which is not to be gained by merereasoning, and is visible only to the wise.The world, however, is given to pleasure, delighted with pleasure,enchanted with pleasure. Verily, such beings will hardly understand thelaw of conditionality, the Dependent Origination of every thing;incomprehensible to them will also be the end of all formations, theforsaking of every substratum of rebirth, the fading away of craving;detachment, extinction, Nirvana.Yet there are beings whose eyes are only a little covered with dust: theywill understand the truth.

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