The Core of the Buddha's Teachings
These are of such importance that they have come down to us as the Four Noble Truths ( Rahula, 1974).1 They are the roots of Buddhism.
Virtually everything that follows in the succeeding years -- the Buddha's sermons, books written through the centuries, commentaries on earlier writings -- can be regarded as flowering from these Four Noble Truths. We will present these here in outline, with an expanded description in the next few chapters.The Four Noble Truths are as follows:
|1.||The Truth of Dukkha (Suffering): We are vulnerable to a multitude of suffering experiences such as hunger, pain, fear, loneliness, hatred, and so on.|