Turning the Wheel of Truth: Commentary on the Buddha's First by Ajahn Sucitto

By Ajahn Sucitto

Buddhist teachings just like the eightfold course, the 4 noble truths, and karma pervade Buddhist literature—but how usually will we learn what the Buddha himself needed to say approximately those subject matters? this is an available examine the Buddha's First Discourse, which incorporates the basis for all extra Buddhist teaching.

Ajahn Sucitto deals a brand new translation of this progressive educating, referred to as The Discourse That units Turning the Wheel of fact. He then walks us in the course of the textual content, supplying attractive and sensible point-by-point remark that makes the Buddha's phrases come alive and divulges how the text's knowledge can motivate our personal liberation.

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By Ajahn Sucitto

Buddhist teachings just like the eightfold course, the 4 noble truths, and karma pervade Buddhist literature—but how usually will we learn what the Buddha himself needed to say approximately those subject matters? this is an available examine the Buddha's First Discourse, which incorporates the basis for all extra Buddhist teaching.

Ajahn Sucitto deals a brand new translation of this progressive educating, referred to as The Discourse That units Turning the Wheel of fact. He then walks us in the course of the textual content, supplying attractive and sensible point-by-point remark that makes the Buddha's phrases come alive and divulges how the text's knowledge can motivate our personal liberation.

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This will help to stabilize your mind and enable you to focus your attention with greater continuity. If you’re sitting on a chair or cross-legged, slightly raise your sternum and keep your abdominal muscles soft and relaxed, so that when you breathe in, you feel the sensations of the breath go right down to your belly. If your breath is shallow, you’ll feel just the abdomen expand. If you inhale more deeply, first the abdomen, then the diaphragm will expand. And if you take a very deep breath, first the belly, then the diaphragm, and finally the chest will expand.

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This ability to create new connections generally declines with age, but it can be enhanced by living in an “enriched environment,” in which we encounter interesting, new, and challenging things to do and experience. This enriched environment can also include the world of our imagination and all the activities we do with our minds. Therefore, meditation may be one of the most effective ways of rejuvenating our brains and minds. Recent discoveries by scientists at McGill University in Montreal challenge the view that human beings are slaves to their genes, their neurotransmitters, and their brain wiring.

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