Reflections on the Four Noble Truths

A DHARMA TALK HANDOUT

First Noble Truth:

What is the Nobel Truth of suffering? Birth is suffering, aging is suffering, and death is suffering. Disassociation from the loved is suffering, not to get what one wants is suffering.

Second Noble Truth:

What is the Noble Truth of the Origin of Suffering? It is craving accompanied by relish and lust, relishing this and that; craving for sensual desires, craving for being, craving for non-being.

Third Noble Truth:

What is the Noble Truth of the Cessation of Suffering? It is the remainderless fading and cessation of that same craving; the rejecting, relinquishing, leaving, and renouncing of it.

Fourth Noble Truth:

What is the Noble Truth of the Way Leading to the Cessation of Suffering? It is the Nobel Eightfold Path: Wise View, Wise Intention, Wise Speech, Wise Action, Wise Livelihood, Wise Effort, Wise Mindfulness and Wise Concentration


  1. Has there ever been a time when you’ve seen dukkha clearly but your response hasn’t been to get depressed or even averse to it?
  2. Have you seen another response to your own suffering? What was it?
  3. Notice the cause, arising and cessation of dukkha.
  4. What are the most common forms of dukkha you experience in your sittings and in your daily life?
  5. Pay particular attention to times when dukkha is absent. What is that experience like?
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