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The Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta
"The Turning of the Wheel of Dharma" Sutra
The Buddha's First Sermon


Including The Four Noble Truths and The Noble Eight-Fold Path
being Seven Lessons, posted from June 23 to August 11, 2006
(technology willing)

The idea is simple: Read a Lesson every Friday; post a comment before the following Wednesday; and view your (and others') comments on Friday as you prepare to view the next lesson.

I have divided this brief-but-essential sutra into seven lessons; the sixth is a bit longer (almost 550 words), but the others are under 350 words (in Venerable Piyadassi Thera's translation).  Mainly, we have to absorb.  Only absorb.

See the Index page for "The Rules"

The Lessons

1.  The Middle Way and the Eightfold Path
2.  The First Noble Truth: Suffering
3.  The Second Noble Truth: The Cause of Suffering
4.  The Third Noble Truth: The Cessation of Suffering
5.  The Fourth Noble Truth: The Eight-Fold Path to the Cessation of Suffering
6.  The Four Noble Truths x The Three Aspects = The Twelve Ways
7.  The Attainment of Kondañña and the Declaration of the Devas

The Schedule

1 June 30 July 5 July 7
2 July 7 July 12 July 14
3 July 14 July 19 July 21
4 July 21 July 26 July 28
5 July 28 August 2 August 4
6 August 4 August 9 August 11
7 August 11 August 16 August 18

*Remember, this is only a deadline for those keeping pace with the lessons.  Comments are welcome any time, and the Comments section of the Lessons will be updated with "late" comments as time permits.

The Text

Because of the brevity of the text, I thought this would be a good chance to dig into the "real meaning" of the words.  So I have given three translations, side-by-side (known as "parallel translations").  All three were found on the amazing Access to Insight pages, home to hundreds of Pali sutta translations.

The three translators are monks in the Southern Buddhist (Theravada) tradition, the Keepers of the Flame of the Pali Canon.

Ñanamoli Thera (an Englishman). Source: From Three Cardinal Discourses of the Buddha (in China) (WH 17), translated from the Pali by Ñanamoli Thera (Kandy: Buddhist Publication Society, 1981). Copyright © 1981 Buddhist Publication Society.  Access to Insight edition © 1993 (link) (in China

Thanissaro Bhikkhu (also known as Ajaan Geoff, an American). Source:  Copyright © 1993 Thanissaro Bhikkhu. Access to Insight edition © 1993 (link) (in China

Piyadassi Thera (a Sri Lankan). Source: From The Book of Protection (in China), translated by Piyadassi Thera (Kandy: Buddhist Publication Society, 1999).  Copyright © 1999 Buddhist Publication Society. Access to Insight edition © 1999 (link) (in China)


Picture from Buddhanet

..Contents (C) 2006 James Baquet

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