The First Noble Truth: Suffering


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Monty's picture

Hi Ellen,

We will be posting transcripts for the other talks.  The 2nd talk transcript should be ready by Friday or Monday.



ehoffserf's picture

That's great, Monty. Thanks for the effort!


ehoffserf's picture

Thanks so much for posting the transcipt of the first session--this was very helpful to understand your teachings.

Will you be posting transcripts for the following sessions, as well?

Ellen from Jerusalem

evanrayd's picture


Can anyone help me to load these videos onto my iTunes and my iPod?

Thank you

peace and blessings


leapyfrog's picture

I too am having trouble viewing the last half of the dharma talk, but I will wait for it to buffer and see if I can hear it later. Thanks so much for offering these teachings in this format. As a mother of young children, it is difficult to attend dharma talks or get away for retreats. Now, at any time I have free, I can listen!

Metta, Candace

maryc's picture

I am unable to access the retreat video.  The picture comes up but seems to stall.  I had no trouble with the previous retreat. Has anyone else reported this?


Hartmut Sagolla's picture

we haven't had this particular technical problem so far. I will forward you to a technical person at Tricyle. 

Hartmut Sagolla's picture

No, didn't have that particular technical problem. I am going to forward this to the tech people and they will get back to you..'s picture

I have that problem often with all sorts of videos (including YouTube's)..what i've found helpful is to let the video struggle through to conclusion while i'm off doing something else during the time it takes. Once it has played in it's entirety, it should be fully buffered so you can just click and hold onto the moving indicator and pull it back to the beginning...let it go...see if that works for you....

metta, ike

swastan's picture

We see so much suffering in ourselves and externally, yet we cannot comprehend suffering as what Buddha mentioned "Dukkha is to be comprehended." Can Rinpoche help to give some advice as to how we see suffering to end (or desiring to end) suffering? 

Hartmut Sagolla's picture

If you continue to follow Rimpoche's next videos you will probably get your answer from him directly. But briefly speaking it is a step by step process along the Four Noble Truths. The First Noble Truth is to realize that suffering or dukkha pervades all our lives - as Rimpoche had mentioned in the first video. Even our perceived pleasures are mostly nothing but the replacing of one form of suffering with another. By acknowledging the reality of suffering at all different levels we are then motivated to become free from it. We develop the desire to be free from all these suffering - not just from the obvious physical and emotional pains but also the changing suffering and pervasive suffering. Then the next step is to find the causes of suffering (The 2nd Noble Truth) and by knowing these we are then able to eliminate the causes and then suffering can be ended (The Third and Fourth Noble Truth). t Rimpoche will explain all that in more detail in the next videos. 

tetunney's picture

our 20 year old son was murdered 36 years ago. He was a vegan, ( would not wear leather starting at age of 9) and seemed to do everything right. Joseph, Jack and Sharon helped me and their 3 month retreat allowed me to come out the other end of the tunnel. The absolute Blessing was, and is: he was doing what he wanted to do and their was no unfinished business between us. His death brought our 3 other children together in a way that nothing else ever could.((they annually, and privately, (letting no other relative attend), celebrate his life)), My spouse and I still weep but we do so with great joy. He wanted to be a teacher - he did not know that he was and is! 

addition: At the time of his death our son was a college volunteer working with parolees and was killed by one. I was an administrator in a Maximum security prison. Whenever I gave a public talk I spoke forcefully against the death penalty and J. Edgar Hoover's ideas about juvenile delinquency. When Thomas died I had to reevaluate my ideas about punishment. Actually, it was a no-brainer; I only had to consider deeply how our son would feel and I continued my public protestations.

flyrcairplanes's picture

I am concerned that as I change my life to solve the problem of suffering that it may cause pain in my family.  I suspect my spouse fears this as well.   

Mark Magill's picture

reply to flyrcairplanes:  How do you think changing your life to solve the problem of suffering might cause pain in your family?  It might reduce negative attachments, but at the same time, the goal is to remove the obstacles to appreciation, love and compassion.  None of those results are intended to cause pain in others.

steveinmo's picture

Thank you for this teaching.  And thank you for taking part in tricycle's retreat series!  I live in a somewhat isolated area where hearing the Dharma is not easily accomplished.  Making the teaching available in this way is a big help!

Mark Magill's picture

reply to steveinmo:  Thanks.  That's great to hear.  

gwmcw56's picture

Suffering like anything else comes in all shades. Life is suffering and suffering is life. Our whole life, beginning at birth, revolves around trying to obtain complete satisfaction or happiness. An impossible goal because our desires are never completly met. If we think they are it is only for a short time before that sense of satisfaction begins to fade. I have been studying and practicing Buddhism for about 12 yrs and I have to say that the path is difficult. It is not easy swimming against the current. Sometimes I make a little progress only to be swept back again. But I keep trying because to give up is to drown.

ted dixon's picture

My daughter has died in a car crash.

The Buddha said there is suffering in all households.

My meditation helps me be aware of my life and to experience a stillness

at the center of myself and the universe. I believe my daughter's "I AM"

has returned to this stillness, or source, having dropped her mind and body.

Is my understanding correct. Does Buddhism offer more to help me with my pain?

Mark Magill's picture

reply to ted dixon: I once asked Gelek Rimpoche about how he felt about losing his friends, parents, teachers, even his homeland.  He said that of course he felt sad and missed them. Not to feel that way would not be human.  But he also said that when he thinks about those close to him whom he's lost, he thinks about how fortunate he was to have known them, been close to them and appreciate them for all their good qualities.  

mosseattle's picture

Thank you Rinpoche! You wonderfully illustrated the biggest problem I have. That is being willing to feel the pain and suffering I experience and to be aware of how much I distract myself and try to remain comfortable away from the sufferings of life. How can we break through the denial without having to wait until the pain becomes so great that we have no choice but to notice?

ehoffserf's picture

Shalom from Jerusalem.

Thank you for your teaching. I wonder if it is possible to either include transcription in the audio talk, or have a script available, so I can understand more clearly and fully.

Thank you.

James Shaheen's picture

We'll get on it and post the first talk soonest.

Mark Magill's picture

That's an excellent idea.  Thank you. I'm asking the editors to look into that right away.  

steveinmo's picture

I hope the editors will look favorably on that.  I am a little hard of hearing and sometimes have to rely on printed text when I am unable to understand a speaker.

ehoffserf's picture

great--thanks for checking this out so quickly....there is so much to learn!

Ellen from Jerusalem