How the four noble truths are the framework in which everything happens.
Series: Stages of the Path: Four Noble Truths (BBCorner 2009)
A series of short talks by Venerable Thubten Chodron on the four noble truths, as described in the Guru Puja text by the first Panchen Lama Lobsang Chokyi Gyaltsen.
The four distortions and how they cause the afflictions to arise.
The three types of dukkha, and how having an awareness of all three is important to developing actual renunciation.
Looking at the first two of the eight sufferings of human beings and using them to energize our practice.
Looking at birth, aging, and sickness, in a more realistic way, contemplating them in order to fuel our practice.
The sufferings of separation from what we like and being under the control of afflictions and karma.
The types of dukkha (unsatisfactoriness) that are pervasive in all the realms of samsara.
The uncertainty and unsatisfactoriness of cyclic existence.
The importance of seeing all realms of cyclic existence, even the upper realms, as unsatisfactory.
How and why liberation is possible by seeing that the basic nature of the mind is pure and that the obscurations can be eliminated.