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Buddhism in a Nutshell: The Four Noble Truths
Teacher: His Holiness the 42nd Sakya Trizin Ratna Vajra Rinpoche,
Venue: Online Teaching,
Year: 2020

His Holiness the 42nd Sakya Trizin, Ratna Vajra Rinpoche, bestowed this teaching by video on July 24, 2020, Dharmacakra day, on which we celebrate Buddha's first teaching in this world—the first Turning of the Wheel of Dharma, at the request of Sachen Foundation.

After Lord Buddha attained enlightenment, the first teaching he gave was a discourse on the four noble truths. The teaching is brief, logical, and profound. It encapsulates all Buddhist doctrine, from the diagnosis of the suffering of saṃsāra, to the analysis of the causes of saṃsāra, to the liberation from all suffering known as nirvāṇa, which is obtained by following the Buddhist path. In this teaching, His Holiness explains the four noble truths using direct and contemporary language. He also clarifies some points that may be misunderstood by followers.

Source: This teaching was obtained from Sachen Foundation Youtube.

Over 2500 years ago, Prince Siddhārtha attained buddhahood under the bodhi tree. After that, he gave his first sermon to the fortunate disciples, revealing the four truths about life.

What are these four truths? How was the profound teaching explained? Why is it important for us to understand it? How should we receive it?

In this teaching, His Holiness gave an extensive explanation on the four noble truths, of which would help us understand suffering, determine its root cause, and share the most effective method to permanently and completely removing suffering.