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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Snow Lion; First Edition edition (January 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1559390271
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559390279
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,094,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Language Notes

Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Tibetan

From the Back Cover

After his enlightenment, the Buddha taught the Four Noble Truths--the foundation and essence of all forms of Buddhism. The first truth diagnoses the nature of our existential illnesses. The second explores their causes and conditions. The third shows that the causes of suffering can be removed. The fourth includes the many paths Buddhism offers to realize that goal.

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Provides the path.
Mary Allen
I think if I meditate on this, I will reach many levels of realization.
Huong Dang
It is too wordy to be an outline.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By grouper52 on June 6, 2004
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This book is a disappointment. I really treasure Lobsang Gyatso's other small tome, "The Harmony of Emptiness and Dependent-Arising", and in general I have found some really wonderful Dharma texts in small volumes like this, such as Bhikkhu Bodhi's "The Noble Eightfold Path", which seems like it might even have made a nice thematic companion volume to this one if this one had been better written. Hoping for something really worthwhile, I sent off for this book. It is really not worthwhile. Let me say why.
My primary complaint is with the format, and the consequences of the format. Snow Lion and other Dharma publishers often end up printing books that were not actually written, but are instead transcriptions (and more or-less skillful re-workings) of talks by this or that Lama/Tulku/Teacher. As in great Western philosophy (Aristotle, Epictetus, Kant) and theology (Meister Eckhart & St. Francis de Sales come to mind), these can sometimes be quite effective. But often in the case of the Buddha Dharma they are just plain lame. This book, for instance, is derived from two talks given by the author: I cannot vouch for the original talks, but the product at hand is simply not useful. A different format, a more thoughtful book, actually conceived and written as a book, with a specific voice and a specific audience in mind, might have come across as more helpful and pleasing.
What do you get for your money? After the usual preliminary stuff, the actual text only spans pages 13 to 73. Then there are two appendices that span three more pages, covering two previous points, no better, but more in outline form. Then a perfunctory four page glossary, two pages of notes, and an index, and then you're done. Why bother? It is too dense and too advanced to be a primer. It is too wordy to be an outline.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shen, Fong Lien on February 5, 2014
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Losing Gyatso's The Four Noble Truths provides a most comprehensive review of this most fundamental tenet of Buddhism. It's insight is both focus and penetrating with succinct yet powerful description of governing principles. The inter-relationship of the Twelve Links of Dependent a Origination, the Four Seals, the Five Paths, the Sixteen Attributes of the Four Noble Truths, Emptiness, and others are vividly interwoven to provide a clear and luminous guiding light.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Frederique Nuhaan on August 12, 2014
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Very useful book for an beginner or advanced practitioner. Lots of in-depth information. Just what I was looking for. Must read!
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