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The Four Noble Truths: The Foundation of Buddhist Thought, Volume 1 [Paperback]

Geshe Tashi Tsering
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April 15 2005 The Foundation of Buddhist Thought (Book 1)
The Four Noble Truths provides a strong step toward a solid foundation in Buddhist thought. This volume is the first of six, and offers a complete presentation of the Buddha's seminal Four Noble Truths which summarize the fundamentals of the Buddhist worldview. Indeed, they are an essential framework for understanding all of the other teachings of the Buddha. The Four Noble Truths explores central tenants of Buddhist philosophy in direct, non-sectarian approach, interweaving the insights of the Theravadan and Mahayana views (Buddhism's two major streams). This unique book was developed by Geshe Tashi Tsering, a Tibetan scholar renowned for his ability to render Buddhist teachings accessible and relevant to everyday life.

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Geshe Tashi Tsering was born in Tibet in 1958 and received his Geshe Lharampa degree (similar to a doctorate in divinity) from Sera Monastery in India in 1987. Since 1994, he has been the guiding teacher of the Jamyang Buddhist Centre in London, while also teaching at other Buddhist centers worldwide.

Gordon McDougall was director of Cham Tse Ling, the FPMT's Hong Kong center, for two years in the 1980s and worked for Jamyang Buddhist Centre in London from 2000 to 2007. He helped develop the Foundation of Buddhist Thought study program and administered it for seven years. Since 2008 he has been editing Lama Zopa Rinpoche's lamrim teachings for Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive's FPMT Lineage series.

Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche is the Spiritual Director of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), a worldwide network of Buddhist centers, monasteries, and affiliated projects, including Wisdom Publications. Rinpoche was born in 1946 in the village of Thami in the Solo Khumbu region of Nepal near Mount Everest. His books include Transforming Problems into Happiness, How to Be Happy, and Ultimate Healing. He lives in Aptos, California.

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I will always love theDalhi Lama and his outlook on the world system.Please tell me tell world will be safe .Please tell me the world will be Ok.The way most people think is not so good.The world is so small now,who is out there that can tell me if the spiritual world can be more enbraced,Please tell me we will be ok.Thankyou Sarah.d

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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have Book (and series) May 31 2008
By NovaGhost - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a novice book for students of buddhism. Though it is the first part of the series "The Foundation of Buddhist Thought" it is slightly more advanced than some of the other books I started out reading. You will want some previous exposure to Buddhism before tackling this series. The explanations are excellent and relavent, however without some previous knowlege or experience there is a chance you might get lost. This should not be a obstacle to anyone though you will learn from it, but it is more helpful to be exposed to some buddhism before tackiling this series in a more serious study.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Be Fooled by the "Novice" Review Jan. 12 2011
By RabbitHorn - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is actually pretty deep - as the basics often are. I have read parts of this book online and it's talking about critical aspects of mind consciousness which I would not assign to the classification of "novice text." For example in one section the author describes the "telling differences" between the Mahayana and Theraveda understanding of "craving for transitory aggregates." This is the type of topic that makes the eyes of most Buddhist I know glaze over - and yet it's a very important consideration in the understanding in the mechanics of consciousness. My take on this book is that it is scholarly and suitable for advance students attempting to deepen their understanding by revisiting the profundity to be found in the basics. Enlightening explanations of Pali and Tibetan terms and the use of obscure but pertinent quotes are all more than I normally expect from a mere "novice" text.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must read May 6 2010
By Jade B. - Published on Amazon.com
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The book explains the Buddhism philosophy in simpler concept. Examples in the book are realistic, not things in fairy tales, but things that happen to human everyday. To realize the truth in this life, you must read it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful Jan. 23 2009
By Cheryl L. Malone - Published on Amazon.com
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Geshe Tashi Tsering has the gift of not only speaking English but understanding the Western mind. I have a degree in Buddhist Studies and found this text more enjoyable than any I have read in a long time. Geshe is the type of writer that captivates you and you won't be able to put his books down. Can't wait to read his newest title Emptiness, coming out soon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great book fore beginners as well as more advanced practitioners. March 21 2009
By R. Couch - Published on Amazon.com
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A truly great book. Geshe Tsering has a truly unique ability to convey buddhist thought relative to our modern experience. I can't wait to read the other books in the series.
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