The four noble truths

This week Barry brought our attention to the Four Noble Truths. He read selections aloud from Ajahn Sumedo’s book of the same name, with the goal of inviting us to reflect on our practice in the context of this foundational teaching.

In his book, Ajahn Sumedo contends that the teaching of and reflection upon the Four Noble Truths has been marginalized in favor of teachings that appear more “advanced” or esoteric, and therefore somehow more attractive to modern practitioners. Barry encouraged us to re-engage with this fundamental teaching of the Buddha, and explore the ways in which a renewed examination of the Four Noble Truths (specifically, the First Noble Truth) may lead us to fresh insights.