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The Tannisho Today
Rev Tairyu Furukawa March 1996
On Meditation
Vaughan Evans May 1995
From Blood to Rocks
Geoff Carpenter March 1996
Rev John Paraskevopoulos March 1996
The Meaning of Kikyoshiki
Hongwangi International CentreSeptember 1996
The Shin Buddhist Way
Rev Jack Austin September 1996
A Sutra of Healing and Protection
Tricycle Publications March 1996
Rules for Being Human
Unknown September 1996
Sallea Ungar September 1996
The Importance of Self Effort
Joren MacDonald September 1997
Self Power and Other Power Play Together
David Brazier
September 1997
Faith in What?
Ajahn Sumedho (summerised by Max Flisher) Sep 1997
The Myokonin
Friedrich Fenzl September 1997
Toshio Murakami September 1997

Three Aspects of the First Noble Truth

The First Noble Truth with its three aspects is:
1. There is suffering, dukkha.
2. Dukkha should be understood.
3. Dukkha has been [therefore 'can be'] understood.
What is the Noble Truth of Suffering?
(a) Birth is suffering, (b) ageing is suffering, and (c) death is suffering.
(d) Dissociation from the loved is suffering; (e) not to get what one wants is suffering:

(a) to (e) are the five categories of suffering affected [caused] by clinging [or attachment to views].

This Noble Truth must be penetrated by fully understanding suffering.
This Noble Truth has been [can be] penetrated by fully understanding suffering:
Such was the vision, insight, wisdom, knowing, and light that arose in me about things not heard before. (Samyutta Nikaya LVI, 11)

This is a very skilful teaching because it is expressed in a simple formula which is easy to remember, and it applies to everything that you can possibly experience or do or think concerning the past, the present or the future.

The Pali word, dukkha, means 'incapable of satisfying' or 'not able to beat or withstand anything'; always changing, incapable of truly fulfilling us or making us happy. The sensual world is like that.

Contrary to our impulse instinct or first assumptions it would, in fact, be terrible if we did find satisfaction in the sensory world - because then we wouldn't search beyond it; we'd just be bound to it. However, as we awaken to this dukkha, we begin to find the way out and are no longer constantly trapped in sensory consciousness.




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