The Four Noble Truths

How to Knowingly Practice
The Four Noble Truths of The Enlightened,
The First Teaching of Buddha Shakyamuni

Compiled, translated, and composed by
His Eminence Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche

The First Enlightened Truth

Namo Buddhaya!
All my suffering is the result of my negative thinking and negative karma as cause
and all beings’ negative thinking and negative karma as condition.

Thus, suffering is impermanent, painful, empty, and devoid of self.
This is The First Noble Truth of the Enlightened,
which contains all wisdom regarding suffering and samsara.
Emaho!

Whenever I practice negative thinking and negative conduct,
this increases my negative karma and decreases my positive karma,
develops my wrong view and all my nonvirtuous qualities,
creates my discontentment, misery, sorrow, and afflictions,
produces poisonous chemicals in my body,
magnetizes all harmful conditions,
and supports all beings’ suffering.

Now I understand suffering and why I and others suffer.
Therefore, to end the suffering of all beings,
I will accomplish the perfection of my
positive thinking and positive karma.

Dzaya Dzaya Su Dzaya!

The Second Enlightened Truth

Namo Buddhaya!
My negative thinking and negative karma are the cause of all my suffering
and a condition of all beings’ suffering.

Thus, negative thinking and negative karma are the sources of suffering,
the origins of suffering, the creators of suffering, and the conditions of suffering.
This is The Second Noble Truth of the Enlightened,
which contains all wisdom regarding the causes and conditions of suffering.
Emaho!

Now I know the causes and conditions of my suffering and all beings’ suffering.
The more I decrease my negative thinking
– anger, jealousy, greed, pride, and ignorance –
the more I benefit myself and all beings.

Therefore,
I will decrease my negative thinking, negative karma, and negative conduct

through learning, contemplation, and meditation on Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha.

Dzaya Dzaya Su Dzaya!

The Third Enlightened Truth

Namo Buddhaya!
All my happiness is the result of my positive thinking and positive karma as cause,
with all Buddhas’ blessings and all beings’ positive thinking and positive karma as condition.

Thus, happiness is cessation, peace, precious, and freedom.
This is The Third Noble Truth of the Enlightened,
which contains all wisdom regarding happiness and nirvana.
Emaho!

Whenever I practice positive thinking and positive conduct,
this increases my positive karma and decreases my negative karma,
develops my pure view and all my virtuous qualities,
awakens my gratitude, joy, bliss, and enlightenment,
produces medicinal chemicals in my body,
magnetizes all beneficial conditions,
and supports all beings’ happiness.

Now I understand happiness and why I and others are happy.
Therefore, to ensure the True Happiness of all beings,
I will accomplish the cessation of my negative
thinking and negative karma.

Dzaya Dzaya Su Dzaya!

The Third Enlightened Truth

Namo Buddhaya!
My positive thinking and positive karma
are the cause of all my happiness and a condition of all beings’ happiness.

Thus, positive thinking and positive karma are the path of happiness,
the awareness of happiness, the practice of happiness, and the breakthrough of happiness.
This is The Fourth Noble Truth of the Enlightened,
which contains all wisdom regarding the causes and conditions of happiness.
Emaho!

Now I know the causes and conditions of my happiness and all beings’ happiness.
The more I increase my positive thinking
– renunciation, compassion, faith, love, and wisdom –
the more I transform myself and all beings into Omniscient Happiness, Buddha.

Therefore,
I will increase my positive thinking, positive karma, and positive conduct

through learning, contemplation, and meditation on Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha.

Dzaya Dzaya Su Dzaya!

When I trust The Four Noble Truths of the Enlightened
I open the pure Dharma Eye of Wisdom.
When I hold The Four Noble Truths of the Enlightened
I directly perceive the Victorious Buddha Shakyamuni. 

Sarwa Mangalam

Emaho! means “Amazing!” Dza⋅ya Dza⋅ya Su⋅dza⋅ya means “Victory, victory, excellent victory!”
Believing in The Four Noble Truths of the Enlightened is Believing in Buddha Shakyamuni. This is the fundamental principle of Buddhism.

This pith instruction on
“How to Knowingly Practice the Four Noble Truths of The Enlightened”
is derived from Buddha Shakyamuni’s first wheel of
Dharma teachings as contained in the
Sutra of the Four Enlightened Truths.

Composed by His Eminence Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche
and assisted by the Dzogchen Sangha members
from the United States of America and around the world.
This work was begun on the 21st of December, 2001
and culminated on the auspicious day of the 21st of December, 2012.
This is an excerpt from The Buddha Path 3rd Edition.

 

© 2001 Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche
and the Dzogchen Shri Singha Foundation

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