Introduction To The Buddha’s Dhamma


The Buddha awakened to the profound understanding that it is ignorance of Four Noble Truths that is the initiating condition resulting in all manner of confusion, deluded thinking, and ongoing stress and suffering. This understanding is taught by the Buddha in the Paticasamupadda Sutta, the primary sutta on Dependent Origination. [1] His very first discourse was the Dhammaccakkappavatna Sutta, the sutta that established the Four Noble Truths [2] as the foundation and overarching context of his Dhamma. 

Every teaching the Buddha presented during his forty-five-year teaching career was taught in the context of Dependent Origination and Four Noble Truths. The Buddha’s Dhamma develops profound insight into, and release from, the common human condition arising from ignorance of Four Noble Truths known as Three Marks Of Existence. [3]

Below are videos and talks that introduce the Buddha’s teachings. The Buddha taught Jhana meditation[4] to develop concentration. From a foundation of concentration, a restless and distracted mind can now support the refined mindfulness necessary to integrate all eight factors of the Eightfold Path.

It is the Eightfold Path[5] that brings knowledge and wisdom of Four Noble Truths and develops profound insight to Three Marks Of Existence.

As you begin your study of what an awakened human being taught, much confusion and further distraction can be avoided by keeping in mind that everything the Buddha taught for his forty-five-year teaching career was taught in the context of Dependent Origination and Four Noble Truths.


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My Dhamma articles and talks are based on the Buddha's teachings  (suttas) as preserved in the Sutta Pitaka, the second book of the Pali Canon. I have relied primarily on Thanissaro Bhikkhu’s excellent and insightful translation of the Pali generously made freely available at his website, as well as the works of Acharya Buddharakkhita, Nyanaponika Thera, John Ireland, Maurice Walsh, Hellmuth Hecker, and Sister Khema, among others, as preserved at Access To Insight.

Also, I have found Bhikkhu Bodhi's translations from Wisdom Publications Pali Canon Anthologies to be most informative and an excellent resource.

I have made edits to the suttas from these sources for further clarity, to modernize language, to minimize repetition, and maintain contextual relevance to Dependent Origination and Four Noble Truths.


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