Four Noble Truths: foundation of Buddhist thought, volume 1
The Foundation of Buddhist Thought series is an introduction to Tibetan Buddhism. These books, based on the curriculum of a popular course of the same name, were developed by Geshe Tashi Tsering, a Tibetan scholar renowned for his ability to render Buddhist teachings accessible and relevant to everyday life.
Geshe Tashi Tsering's Foundation of Buddhist Thought courses are systematic introductions to Buddhist philosophy and practice. With this series of books drawn from his highly successful courses, his insights can now be enjoyed by a wide audience of both specialists and newcomers to the Buddhist tradition. Geshe Tashi's presentations combine rigor and comprehensiveness with lucidity and accessibility, never divorced from the basic humanity and warmth of his personality. In Geshe Tashi, we encounter the new generation of Tibetan monk-scholars teaching in the West who are following in the eminent footsteps of Geshe Wangyal and Geshe Sopa.
This volume, the first of six, provides a complete presentation the Buddha's seminal Four Noble Truths, which summarize the fundamentals of the Buddhist worldview. Indeed, they are an essential framework for understanding all of the other teachings of the Buddha.
"In his first sermon, the Buddha famously laid the foundation for all of his teachings to follow with the doctrine of the Four Noble Truths. So it makes sense that the first volume of a six-volume set titled The Foundation of Buddhist Thought should be given the same name. The series is based on a popular course developed by the author, Geshe Tashi Tsering, as a systematic and comprehensive introduction to the core tenets of Buddhism. This volume's particular strength lies in Tsering's ability to harmonize the Mahayana and Theravada interpretations of the Four Noble Truths."
"Geshe Tashi Tsering's explanations of the four noble truths are helpful and valuable to anyone interested in exploring these core teachings of the Buddha. This small and user-friendly book is filled with gems of insight from the vast Tibetan commentarial tradition on the first teaching the Buddha gave. Not a mere discussion or theory, the spirit of the book nudges the reader in the direction of realizing these truths in one's own life. "
—Mu Soeng, Barre Center for Buddhist Studies
"With this series of books drawn from his highly successful courses, Geshe Tashi's insights can be enjoyed by a wide audience of both specialists and newcomers to the Buddhist tradition. His presentations, never divorced from the basic humanity and warmth of his personality, combine rigor and accessibility."
—Thupten Jinpa, principal translator for the Dalai Lama and director of the Institute of Tibetan Classics
"I experienced great personal joy through studying these materials, which are excellent-in content, presentation, and depth of knowledge. The course has changed my life."
—Foundation of Buddhist Thought graduate Garry Benson