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Stephen Batchelor's Dharma Talks
Stephen Batchelor
2010-10-17 Embracing Dukkha 60:55
Reflections on the Buddha's first sermon: how the four noble truths are a translation of the principle of conditioned arising into a way of life; the middle way as avoiding the two dead ends of worldliness and religiosity; the four truths as prescriptions rather than descriptions, as a sequence of tasks to perform rather than a set of doctrines to believe; the first truth as fully knowing dukkha both in depth and breadth.
Australian Insight Meditation Network Teachers' retreat at Springbrook, Queensland, Australia

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