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The Four Noble Truths Ven. Ajahn Sumedho e DHANET UD ' B S BO Y O K LIB R A R E-mail: bdea@buddhanet.net Web site: www.buddhanet.net Buddha Dharma Education Association Inc. THE FOUR NOBLE TRUTHS By Ajahn Sumedho ** ** ** THE FO
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  e     B    U   D  D  H A  N   E    T     '         S     B   O   O  K   L   I  B  R  A   R    Y E-mail: bdea@buddhanet.net Web site: www.buddhanet.net  Buddha Dharma Education Association Inc.  Ven. Ajahn Sumedho The our Noble TruthsThe our Noble Truths  3 THE FOUR NOBLE TRUTHS  By Ajahn Sumedho  ** ** **  THE FOUR NOBLE TRUTHS is composed of extracts  from various talks given by Ajahn Sumedho and is available in book form from:  AMARAVATI PUBLICATIONS Amaravati Buddhist Centre Great Gaddesden Hemel Hempstead Hertfordshire HP1 3BZ ENGLAND  who retains copyright. Amaravati is Ajahn Sumedho’s monastery and welcomes visitors; retreats are held there and several other books by Ajahn Sumedho are available. Please send SAE for details. ** ** **   4   Contents  Preface  5 Introduction 6 The First Noble Truth 1 2 Suffering and self view 1 4 Denial of suffering 1 6 Morality and compassion 1 7 To investigate suffering 1 8 Pleasure and displeasure 2 0 Insight in situations 2 3 The Second Noble Truth 2 7 Three kinds of desire 2 8 Grasping is suffering 3 0 Letting go 3 1 Accomplishment 3 4 The Third Noble Truth 3 6 The truth of impermanence 3 8 Mortality and cessation 4 0 Allowing things to arise 4 1 Realisation 4 5 The Fourth Noble Truth 4 8 Right Understanding 5 0 Right Aspiration 5 6 Right Speech,Right Action, Right Livelihood 5 7 Right Effort, Right Mindfulness,Right Concentration 6 0 Aspects of meditation 6 0 Rationality and emotion 6 2 Things as they are 6 4 Harmony 6 6 The Eightfold Path asA reflective teaching 6 9 Glossary 7 0  4 A HANDFUL OF LEAVES  The Blessed One was once living at Kosambi in a wood of simsapa trees. He picked up a few leaves in his hand, and he asked the bhikkhus, ‘How do you conceive this, bhikkhus, which is more, the  few leaves that I have picked up in my hand or those on the trees in the wood? ‘The leaves that the Blessed One has picked up in his hand are few,Lord; those in the wood are far more.’ ‘So too, bhikkhus, the things that I have known by direct knowledge are more; the things that I have told you are only a few. Why have I not told them? Because they bring no benefit, no advancement in the Holy Life, and because they do not lead to dispassion, to fading, to ceasing, to stilling, to direct knowledge, to enlightenment, to Nibbana. That is why I have not told them. And what have I told  you? This is suffering; this is the srcin of suffering; this is the cessation of suffering; this is the way leading to the cessation of  suffering. That is what I have told you. Why have I told it? Because it brings benefit, and advancement in the Holy Life, and because it leads to dispassion, to fading, to ceasing, to stilling, to direct knowledge, to enlightenment, to Nibbana. So bhikkhus, let your task be this: This is suffering; this is the srcin of suffering; this is the cessation of suffering; this is the way leading to the cessation of  suffering.’ [Samyutta Nikaya, LVI, 31]  ** ** **
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