Setting the Wheel of Truth in Motion Talk

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Setting The Wheel Of Truth In Motion

This talk is on the Buddha’s first discourse known as the Dhammacakkappavatthana Sutta. This is when the Buddha taught The Four Noble Truths for the first time. Upon Hearing this discourse Kondanna, one of the Buddha’s small group of seekers prior to his awakening declared: All conditioned things that arise are subject to cessation.” Upon hearing this the Buddha said: “you are now Anna-Kondanna, the one who understands.”

A Dhamma article on The Four Noble Truths is here: Four Noble Truths

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 Dhammatalks.org, as well as the works of 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 contextual edits to the suttas from these sources for further clarity, to modernize language, to minimize repetition, and maintain relevance to Dependent Origination and Four Noble Truths.

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