Nov 16, 2019
The Buddha taught The Four Noble Truths to show people a path to lasting peace and happiness. Buddha, like universal doctor, diagnosed why we suffer and have dissatisfaction. The prognosis is good, for there is a cure. The cure lies in the Eightfold Path, a noble, wise and compassionate way of life. This episode offers a mindfulness practice on the right intention, part of the Eightfold Path.
The Four Noble Truths
The Noble Eightfold Path
But when someone going for refuge
To the Buddha,
Sangha Sees, with right insight,
The Four Noble Truths:
The arising of suffering,
The overcoming of suffering,
And the Eightfold Path
Leading to the ending of suffering,
Then this is the secure refuge;
This is the supreme refuge.
By going to such a refuge
One is released from all suffering. (190–192)*
It’s hard to find a noble person;
Such a person is not born everywhere.
When such a wise one is born,
The family flourishes in happiness. (193)
--Buddha, The Dhammapada
Buddha. The Dhammapada. Translated by Gil Fronsdale. Shambala, Boston and London, 2011, pp. 50-51.