As I could not get the hall this coming Thursday, Kathy has kindly offered to host the evening. Thanks Kathy :) Kathy's house is in Sandringham and I will email the address details out to those confirmed coming the night before. We have a limit of ten people this time so get in quick.
We will carry on reading through the commentary on the Four Noble Truths (see files section: http://www.meetup.com/easternphilosophy/files/)
We will be reading from the chapter of The Fourth Noble Truth, from page 57 Right Speech, right action, right livelihood. Please download and print off the text before coming.
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Please try to arrive at 7:30 the discussion will start at 7:45pm
Here is some more info on the Four noble truths:
The Four Noble Truths are considered by many to be the foundation of Buddhist understanding and practice, especially in Theravada Buddhism.
According to Wikipedia:
The teachings on the four noble truths explain the nature of dukkha (Pali; meaning "suffering", "anxiety", "stress", "unsatisfactoriness"), its causes, and how it can be overcome.
According to the Buddhist tradition, the Buddha first taught the four noble truths in the very first teaching he gave after he attained enlightenment, as recorded in the discourse Setting in Motion the Wheel of the Dharma (Dharmacakra Pravartana Sūtra), and he further clarified their meaning in many subsequent teachings.
As the Buddha spoke in many different teachings on the Four Noble Truths I have been searching for a good text for us to gain an entry point of understanding into these teachings. I have come across a good reference from the BuddhaNet E Library, which I have uploaded to the files section calling it : The Four Noble Truths.
It seems to me to be a good starting point for us and I thought we could start reading through sections of it at a time and have some discussion around what we read. It will be a bit of a first for us to study together from a commentary rather than an original work but I think it should be good and am looking forward to it.