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The Four Noble Truths: The Foundation of Buddhist Thought, Volume 1 Paperback – Apr 15 2005
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"Although coming from a traditional Gelugpa presentation of the Buddhist path, these books are written for a modern western audience, and therefore 'happiness' is presented as a principle goal, alongside the more traditional goal of enlightenment. The author's personal tone and his fluent language, combined with his obvious mastery of the material help to make the series a tremendously valuable resource for the study of basic Buddhist teachings from a Tibetan perspective." (Buddhadharma)
"In his first sermon, the Buddha famously laid the foundation for all of his teachings to follow with the doctrine of the Four Noble Truths. So it makes sense that the first volume of a six-volume set titled The Foundation of Buddhist Thought should be given the same name. The series is based on a popular course developed by the author, Geshe Tashi Tsering, as a systematic and comprehensive introduction to the core tenets of Buddhism. This volume's particular strength lies in Tsering's ability to harmonize the Mahayana and Theravada interpretations of the Four Noble Truths." (Tricycle)
"Possibly one of the finest expositions of this all-important aspect of Buddhist doctrine. What makes this book special is that Geshe Tashi Tsering wrote it from the vantage-point of teaching Westerners over many years and encountering their constant need for logical explanations couched in terms that they could understand. Geshe Tashi Tsering's book summarizes in simple, lucid, and very user-friendly terms the traditional teaching on the four noble truths and offers the kind of practical guidance that one would need to take the first step on the spiritual path. For those who are already on the way, the book is a timely reminder to maintain beginner's mind." (Georg Feuerstein, Traditional Yoga Studies Interactive)
"Geshe Tashi Tsering's explanations of the four noble truths are helpful and valuable to anyone interested in exploring these core teachings of the Buddha. This small and user-friendly book is filled with gems of insight from the vast Tibetan commentarial tradition on the first teaching the Buddha gave. Not a mere discussion or theory, the spirit of the book nudges the reader in the direction of realizing these truths in one's own life." (Mu Soeng, Barre Center for Buddhist Studies)
"With this series of books drawn from his highly successful courses, Geshe Tashi's insights can be enjoyed by a wide audience of both specialists and newcomers to the Buddhist tradition. His presentations, never divorced from the basic humanity and warmth of his personality, combine rigor and accessibility." (Thupten Jinpa, principal translator for the Dalai Lama and director of the Institute of Tibetan Classics)
"Geshe Tashi's systematic approach to Buddhist thought allows readers to gradually but surely enhance their knowledge of Buddhism without feeling overwhelmed." (Eastern Horizon)
About the Author
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 am currently reading this most excellent book. It dovetails perfectly with the Mindfulness-based Dialectical Behavior Therapy program I am in. The author presents this sutra in a direct way, and goes on to say "The four noble truths lay down the blueprint for the entire body of the Buddha's thought and practice and set up the basic framework of the individual's path to enlightenment. They encapsulate all of Buddhist philosophy. Therefore, studying, meditating, and fully understanding this teaching is very important, because without an understanding of the four noble truths, it is impossible to fully integrate the concepts and practices of Buddhism into our dally lives."
He elaborates on the Mahayana school of Tibetan Buddhism, based on Sanskrit texts, which emphasizes the bodhisattva aspiration of enlightenment for the sake of all living beings. The four noble truths is a key subject in illustrating this training.
For whatever reasons, I can fully relate to Geshe Tashi Tsering's way of presenting this material. It is thorough, it is understandable, it is applicable to my life. He does not use foreign terminology, he does not use vague terms, his writing is clear and precise. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in Buddhism, in spirituality, in learning discipline of the mind and body, anyone searching for a path out of suffering. I look forward to reading more books by Geshe Tashi Tsering.
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