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The Four Noble Truths Paperback – June 25, 1998


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 166 pages
  • Publisher: Thorsons (June 25, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0722535503
  • ISBN-13: 978-0722535509
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 4 x 6.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #252,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

The Dalai Lama is the spiritual and political leader of Tibet. He is the author of several books on Tibetan Buddhism.

From AudioFile

In the summer of 1996 the Dalai Lama gave four lectures on suffering and overcoming it, which he entitled "The Four Noble Truths." Each of these lessons begins with a short introduction by Dr. Robert Thurman of Columbia University. Although he speaks English well, the Dalai Lama speaks, for the most part, through an interpreter. The interpreter speaks English very well and is easy to understand. However, this type of presentation is inherently dry, and this recording isn't an exception. M.T.F. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

More About the Author

His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, was born in 1935 to a peasant family in northeastern Tibet and was recognized at the age of two as the reincarnation of his predecessor, the Thirteenth Dalai Lama. The world's foremost Buddhist leader, he travels extensively, speaking eloquently in favor of ecumenical understanding, kindness and compassion, respect for the environment, and, above all, world peace.

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Robert Thurman's introductions are well done.
"mrmattoglesby11"
I have listened to the entire series a number of times and find myself excited about the day at hand each time I listen to one tape or part of one.
JB2U@bellsouth.net
They will be very useful also for study groups.
Jeri

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Ravi Gampala on December 30, 1999
Format: Paperback
Among all the books written by H.H The Dalai Lama, this book is the most concise and conveys the four noble truths in a simple and easy to follow manner. It is a very good introduction for any one who is in search of peace of mind.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 20, 1999
Format: Paperback
The most concrete, coherent, and complete "overview" of Buddhist thought as it applies in contemporary life in both the Eastern and Western worldviews. The wonderfully warm personality of His Holiness radiates throughout.
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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful By LuelCanyon on August 27, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Besides offering a thorough exposition of Mahayana belief, and indeed practice, with an anything but common traversal of the Four Noble Truths by a master, in these four videos one is invited to spend a few intimate hours in the presence of the Dalai Lama, always an ennobling experience. The camera work in this film is especially fine, making of the camera one's own eyes, as it were, and lifting the hours even lighter than they already seem. With respect to another of the reviews on this page, I found the necessary translation from the stage handled superbly, and clearly with a great deal of thought and natural reverence. In Thubten Jimpa, the Dalai Lama employs a beautifully adept translator, an interpreter not only brilliantly attuned to the words and thoughts of the Dalai Lama, but one so obviously loved by him, and who responds with a special kind of faithfulness, that a marvelous duet is often played out, only enhancing thereby this great teacher's magisterial presentation. I would add that one feels as well the 'Englishness' of the audience, so eager to quietly offer their accepting energy, so ready to listen, far more so than might be a gathering of Americans usually so conscious of themselves in the moment. The humor that ripples often between the Dalai Lama and his listeners throughout the evening is so generous and unaffected, one is returned again and again to the meaning behind the words, the experience behind the event. This is a film of the highest achievment, fortunately within the reach of us all. An unforgettable few hours!
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 3, 2001
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In this small book His Holiness the Dalai Lama presents a completely comprehensive, easy to understand explanation and discussion on The Four Noble Truths, which are the foundation of the Buddhist teaching. Yet the book transcends religious beliefs and is actually a book on living happily and peacefully no matter what one's beliefs are. This book, therefore, is for anyone and everyone who is interested in living a more peaceful life. His Holiness explains the most complex issues of human existence in a form that is so simple anyone can understand. He readily gives examples and compassionately faces all alternative arguments to the issues. Everything makes sense. He includes a complete glossary and recommendations for further reading. The last chapter focuses on compassion, complementing the teaching on The Four Noble Truths, and beautifully illustrates how the teachings can be applied to daily life. One completes the reading with no unanswered questions and a profound feeling of peace. It is an inspiring, uplifting, informative little book that will be read over and over again.
PS: Great for gift giving too.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Swing King on March 4, 2004
Format: DVD
These videos are a documentary of teachings on The Four Noble Truths presented by H.H. the Dalai Lama at Barbicon Hall in London, with a translator on hand to help act as a go-between in the exchange. The Dalai Lama, as just about all Buddhist masters would agree, feels that The Four Noble Truths are the core of all of Buddhism. They are:
1. We suffer, not only active anguish but wide-ranging dissatisfaction and unease.
2. The origin of this suffer is our clinging, desire and attachments.
3. There is an End to suffering.
4. That pathway out of suffering is the Eightfold Path.
Robert Thurman, America's foremost scholar on Tibetan Buddhism at Columbia University, introduces the Four Noble Truths here. The Dalai Lama strikes a chord within all of us on this film with his succinct marking out of the Buddhist path of freedom, self-control, and compassion. I offer you a short review because of course the Dalai Lama will explain it all for you! Enjoy.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By LuelCanyon on September 2, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Besides offering a thorough exposition of Mahayana belief, and indeed practice, with an anything but common traversal of the Four Noble Truths by a master, in these four videos one is invited to spend a few intimate hours in the presence of the Dalai Lama, always an ennobling experience. The camera work in this film is especially fine, making of the camera one's own eyes, as it were, and lifting the hours even lighter than they already seem. With respect to another of the reviews on this page, I found the necessary translation from the stage handled superbly, and clearly with a great deal of thought and natural reverence. In Thubten Jimpa, the Dalai Lama employs a beautifully adept translator, an interpreter not only brilliantly attuned to the words and thoughts of the Dalai Lama, but one so obviously loved by him, and who responds with a special kind of faithfulness, that a marvelous duet is often played out, only enhancing thereby this great teacher's magisterial presentation. I would add that one feels as well the 'Englishness' of the audience, so eager to quietly offer their accepting energy, so ready to listen, far more so than might be a gathering of Americans usually so conscious of themselves in the moment. The humor that ripples often between the Dalai Lama and his listeners throughout the evening is so generous and unaffected, one is returned again and again to the meaning behind the words, the experience behind the event. This is a film of the highest achievment, fortunately within the reach of us all. An unforgettable few hours!
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