On MARCH 11, Lama Yeshe taught on THE FOUR NOBLE TRUTHS.
This was the first teaching that the Buddha gave after reaching Enlightnement. It offers methods for overcoming many different types of suffering. First, as we look clearly at our situation we see that there exists unavoidable discomfort and suffering. Second, learning about the causes of suffering we recognize the role we play in generating and perpetuating it. Third, we come to realize that suffering can be eliminated. Fourth, there is a path of skillful strategies that we can employ to eliminate that suffering. Once freed from suffering we can experience limitless joy, love, and compassion. Understanding these Four Noble Truths is fundamental to understanding subsequent teachings of the Buddha. They also serve as a motivation for spiritual practice. Click here for a short overview of the Four Noble Truths by Thrangu Rinpohe.
Below is the audio version of that talk that started a few minutes into the teachings. The first (unrecorded portion) is here in print.
Lama Yeshe is the resident teacher at Hay River KTC Buddhist Meditation Center near Ridgeland, WI. For more information about the center and Lama Yeshe refer to KTCHayRiver.org.