First Discourse of the Buddha
Two months after the Buddha attained enlightenment under the Bodhi Tree, he travelled to Sarnath, India. There he delivered his first discourse to a group of five ascetics in Deer Park. This teaching, known as the 'First Turning of the Wheel of Dhamma' or the DHAMMACAKKA SUTTA, contains the foundational teachings of all Buddhism. In it the Buddha explains the way to freedom from suffering through the teachings of the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path.
With this new translation and its verse-by-verse commentary, Dr Dhamma brings fresh insight to the DHAMMACAKKA SUTTA. Drawing on the rich Burmese monastic scholarly tradition on his own experiences as a vipassana practitioner, Dr Dhamma makes clear the precise steps necessary for the realization of the teachings contained in the Buddha's first discourse.
Venerable Rewata Dhamma is able to speak from scholarly and meditative experience. Therefore, this work is most significant and very much needed. Most of the Pali Canon has been translated by scholars who, though accurate in translation, do not have insight into Buddha-Dhamma through the practice of vipassana meditation. The Venerable Rewata Dhamma has made his knowledge available in this important translation and commentary.
From the forward by Ajahn Sumedho, author of THE MIND AND THE WAY
THE FIRST DISCOURSE OF THE BUDDHA: TURNING THE WHEEL OF DHAMMA
THE MIDDLE WAY
THE NOBLE EIGHTFOLD PATH
THE FOUR NOBLE TRUTHS
THE SEVEN STAGES OF PURIFICATION
TWELVE ASPECTS OF WISDOM IN THE FOUR NOBLE TRUTHS